Tea Pitcher

I have this Fostoria pitcher.  I had to photograph it filled with tea.  It’s only right.  Mine is used for iced tea often, but Grandma’s was filled with tea always.  This one is just like hers, and was a beautiful and meaningful gift from my sister.

We had grand meals at Grandma and Granddad’s house.  Roast for Sunday dinners, cook-outs on Saturday nights, quail and biscuits throughout the winters.  Actually, her menu was extensive and always delicious.  And always, there were Fostoria bowls on the table.  And always, the tea was poured from her Fostoria Crystal pitcher.  Meals were always casual, but the table was comfortably beautiful.

When our family suffered the tragedy at that house, we weren’t allowed to enter the property for several days while the fire department and other agencies worked to find the cause.  Finally the day came when they were ready to meet with our large family.  Gary was in charge of making the structure safe for us to enter in the following days, so the authorities had given him a few minutes inside just before our meeting.

There we sat, anxiously waiting for all the officials to arrive and explain their findings, and as they came walking through the door, Gary was right there walking along with them, and he was holding high the gorgeous, and amazingly undamaged, crystal pitcher!  We all burst into tear-filled cheering.  We had not expected anything to be unbroken… and somehow this pitcher had made it.  Gary had found it perched precariously on the edge of a counter just waiting for us.

In our grief we were given one of those “you’re going to make it” moments.

We do make it through.  We’re not given more than we can bear.  If you’re struggling… you will make it.  Perhaps you can be reminded of that the next time you have a delicious glass of iced tea.  I most certainly am reminded of it every time I take this beautiful pitcher from its shelf.

(I invite you to read more about my Grandma’s kitchen:  “I Have This Cookbook.”)


4 Responses to “Tea Pitcher”

  1. Marcea Clive says:

    Great story, Sandy…….

  2. Kim says:

    Happy tears!!

  3. Sandy says:

    Thank you again, Kim, for the beautiful pitcher. It’s always a grand treat to see this same wonderful piece of Fostoria sitting on the shelves and tables of various family members. It will always hold a special place in our hearts! (Hooray for Ebay!)

  4. Bette says:

    God does see us through the most difficult of time, and He comes so close in our sorrow. Love you!

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