Thursday, February 26, 2015

Flow Blue China

My husband lost his mother, Thelma, in the spring of 2000, to lung cancer.  
Her favorite color was blue...And when I say blue, I mean BLUE!  Everything in her home was blue and white: carpet, curtains, upholstery, what-nots...EVERYTHING.  While sorting and cleaning out her craft room,  I discovered one reason she had loved blue so very much...I uncovered 3 apple crates stacked and hidden in a forgotten corner.  I wondered, "Whatever could be in those crates...fabric,  unsold crocheted crafts from one of her many craft fair adventures?".  
Whatever it was in this forgotten corner was carefully wrapped in old newspapers.  As I started to unwrap the first item I felt something solid, yet delicate.  I felt the need to proceed very carefully...Removing the old newspaper my eyes beheld a beautiful treasured piece of china,
Flow Blue China.


I knew in an instant what I had discovered.  I had heard (I'm sure half listening, as sometimes happens when daughter-in-laws are visiting their mother-in-laws) her talk (the way mother-in-laws talk when they haven't had anyone to talk to in a few days, talk) about the china that she had inherited long ago from her grandmother (I'm sure I had thought, at the time, that I had better things to think about. Selah ~ ) who also had inherited the dishes from her grandparents...

As I stood there alone in her craft room,  I was total awe, to say the least.  There they sat, each piece with it's own individual blurring beauty.
If you are familiar with Flow Blue, you know that the blue patterns range anywhere from sharp to extremely blurred, even marbly.  This particular set of dishes predates the Civil War days. 


Our Pattern is "Clarence" made by W.H. Grindley.  English, Mk. 1842.


My husband, Bob, was thrilled when I shared with him the precious treasures that he had just inherited from his mother.


He thought she had sold them at some point for needed cash...I guess his mind had wandered during an important conversation along the way, too.  Shame on both of us.


Thelma was a very orderly woman.  She always had her little bitty notebook and pen for making lists;  She had lists for everything.  Thank the Lord for her lists.  Sometimes when I feel overwhelmed with too much to get done in a day, I stop to think, "You know Pam, you should just sit down and make a list, you know you will feel better when you are able to check off items done."  
Here's her handwritten Flow Blue inventory list she had left for us; One we will treasure always...


Through these beauties, my love for blue has been kindled.  I love these blue and white treasures more every time I slow down to enjoy them.  I know, if we are able to protect them, they will be handed down to our daughter, Heather, and possibly, later, to our sweet Evelynn Grace...


as the circle of love spins on through time.