Family Heritage: Middle Names, Pots & Dishes
This morning I was listening to the radio while driving to a meeting, and the DJs started talking about it being Middle Name Pride Day.
My first thought was, “What a shock! Yet another national ‘holiday.'” The DJs actually had a point though.
Middle names, reportedly, are more carefully considered than first names because they tend to pay homage to your family. I identified with this theory immediately. My mom gave me her middle name. And, when I imagine the possibility of naming children, I always consider passing on the same middle name. It just seems right.
But, however I much I enjoy knowing that I share my mother’s middle name, I cherish other elements of my family’s traditions more. Or, I should say “traditions” (yes, in quotes) since it’s not always a tradition.
For example, I recently absconded with a couple of place settings from my mom’s set of dishes. Let me be clear, these aren’t from the fancy set of china. No. They’re place settings from her blue and white patterned Corelle ware.
And then there are the other kitchen goodies I’ve made off with and use routinely because, quite frankly, I wouldn’t know how to make some recipes if I didn’t use a particular mixing bowl or a particular pot.
Just important to me, each time I use the Corelle ware, measuring cup, wooden spoon or pot, I enjoy the meal I’m making and the memories that are imbued in each one of those tools.
Now, if only I could figure out a way to smuggle out the collection of cookbooks without my mom noticing. It’s not likely to happen, but a daughter can imagine.