As I was putting away the winter decorations and taking out those of spring, I dropped my statuette. It shattered into a hundred pieces. I was heartbroken.
I purchased this little trio on a family vacation to Florida one summer. Mama always let us choose our own souvenir, but we had to pay for it with our own money. These three girls reminded me of my favorite storybook characters (Laura Ingalls, Anne Shirley, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm and the rest), but – more importantly – there were three of them. They reminded me of my two sisters and me because each had a varying shade of blond hair, just like ours.
So I bought them. They were in my hurricane box when we evacuated.
And now there are only two.
What to do? What to do?
Ange will be mad at me. Hers – the one with the medium-blond hair – is the one that I broke.
I think I’ll scour the flea markets and garage sales for – well, not for a replacement, exactly. I can’t supplant one figurine for another any more than I could supplant any ol’ person for my baby sister.
But I have to have a representative of her, of Ange, because not to do so would leave a hole in my collection. A hole in my heart – the pigeon hole that belongs only to Ange.
Mama says that love is like pigeon holes. Each person has his own place in your heart, a place that can be filled by no other. So, I’m not trying to fill Ange’s pigeon hole with someone else, but her place will never be vacant, so I want her statue to be there, next to mine and Paige’s – this spring as it has been for the last forty.
I’ll let you know what I find. ❤
Stacy, I think those may be Hobby Holly figurines or look-a-likes..our memories become so much sweeter when we lose the items we’ve collected to go with them. Glad you still have those, now time to make more!
They look so much like Holly Hobbie – that’s why I loved them when I saw them in the gift shop! xo
Oh, so sad – it is like breaking a tiny piece of your heart. I love the little story that goes with your figurines and those childhood stories were favorites of mine, too. I have found vintage copies to re-read some rainy day….I have broken treasures of my own, too, and it makes you feel so badly. The fact that you saved them from the storm makes it even harder. But like your other blog friends said – maybe there is something just as special out there waiting to be found. Perhaps the start of a new collection? Love your Mom’s wisdom. xo Karen
I’ve collected lots of pearls of wisdom from my mom over the years. ❤
I’m so sorry this happened Stacy. 😦 Just maybe, there is an even better ornament out there waiting for you. They do say that everything happens for a reason, don’t they, so maybe there is something great on its way to you. I hope so. Your mama is a very wise lady. ❤
I’ll find something, I’m sure. It will be an opportunity to make new memories. ❤
Mariette's Back to Basics said:
That literally makes you heart broken. It is not just the porcelain but the entire memory; the bonding of a happy family day together on vacation. Precious!
Guess with some luck you will find one on eBay, or some place if you know the name of them.
Good luck and looking forward to find out what you found.
Yes, you’re right – it’s the memories associated with it that made it special. ❤
Oh, Stacy; I know just how you feel! I have statuettes that mean a lot to me, too. And once I had the loveliest green cabbage leaf plate. Don’t know how it happened, but I knocked it off the counter and it shattered! I made myself throw out the pieces, but later thought (and often since then) that they would have been lovely if I’d glued them onto something. I haven’t found a replacement since, but I keep looking . . .
I’m so sorry you lost that sweet girl; and I understand her importance as a representative of your sister. Hope you find a suitable stand-in. ~ Linne
You know, that is a good idea – to glue the pieces into a mosaic or something. But I threw away the pieces, too. Though heartbroken, I know that things are ephemeral – it’s one of the things that has taken me far too long to learn. ❤
El Guapo said:
That’s very sweet!
(It’s also a great excuse to take a vacation and find a new souvenir!
Ha- that’s what I was thinking. ❤
I would cry, then I would get the glue out and try to put it back together, but it would never be the same. So sorry the figurine broke, and hope you find a similar one.
Well, I thought of that, Bonnie – but there were so many pieces that I found it impossible. It’s ok – Ange (and I) will get over it! ❤