My level of frustration with our federal government's new administration is on red alert, and if I were blogging about that, I'd have plenty to say. Trying to bite my tongue and stay away from posting about politics has felt a little stifling which has led to me not really wanting to write about anything. Writing benign posts feels mostly uninspiring...but I think I've got one today! :)
My dad spent part of the 60s in the navy.
Growing up, I vividly remember a tea set that he had brought back from his time in Japan for his mom (my grandma), who then gave it to my mom. The delicate pot and tiny cups were white, decorated with a red and gold dragon. I have vivid memories of getting this tea set out every-so-often and playing with it, because what made it so special and fun to a little kid was that when the tea cups were tipped up towards the light, there was a shadow of a Geisha. You would have no idea it was there unless it was in the right light. I found them so fascinating.
The set was housed in my mom's china hutch. But sadly, in the 1994 Northridge earthquake, that china hutch fell over and most items in it were destroyed, including the tea set. We don't have a lot of family treasures or mementos, but I would have considered that one so it was sad when it was gone.
Fast forward to earlier this year. I was visiting with family at my aunt's (dad's sister) house. Before I left, she told me she had something for me. She went behind the bar and came out with a bag. Inside the bag was a Japanese saki set with the same red and gold dragon design. Come to find out, my dad had also brought back this saki set for my aunt and uncle. My mom and aunt had somehow touched on the subject of it the last time they were together, and my mom mentioned how special I found the tea set. My aunt decided to give me the saki set. That just warmed my heart and made me sentimental over it. The best part of the set...the little cups also have the geisha shadow in it.
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