We were happy to have Carole of Hicksville join us in October and again in November. This time she showed a piece of pottery she purchased for $10 at a thrift shop. Having studied art in Paris, Carole saw this item and HAD to purchase it (yes, “purchase”). She was so intrigued by it.
Shortly after showing this to her neighbor, the neighbor found an article illustrating Mayan era pottery. The pottery depicted in the article looked surprisingly similar to Carole’s just-purchased pottery. When the Antiques Roadshow comes to town, Carole is sure they’ll announce this item is worth millions of dollars! In all seriousness, when visiting the Museum of Natural History and viewing ancient Mayan artifacts, this item would fit right in with the stunning pieces, inasmuch as out of its element it looks as though it’s made by a child. (You’ve got to admit, it does look a lot like the piece illustrated in the article pictured below.) And yes, to my surprise, she really did pay $10 for it!
Evelyn of St. James brought a picture of herself at about five years old. Also pictured are her mom and dad. (Her dad was 17 years older than her mom.) This photograph hangs on the wall in Evelyn’s bedroom. She laughingly reminisced about both her grandmothers: “Uma” (her maternal grandmother) and “Other Uma” (her paternal grandmother). She recalls visiting Uma’s house every Saturday morning. Uma would make pot roast and they would eat the fat with fried onions on challah bread. She can still remember the wonderful taste.
After struggling to become pregnant, Ronnie of Farmingdale was blessed with a son. Shortly afterwards, she was thrilled to discover she was again pregnant. Two sonograms later, the doctor made a surprise announcement that Ronnie and her husband would be having twin daughters. Ronnie was thrilled to see the sonogram image. She shared with us the image, which appears to be two sweet teddy bears side by side. It’s not every day you see a sonogram image of twins. Ronnie and her husband love being mom and dad to their three children: their son and twin daughters. Their home is full of love, laughter and activity!
Rochelle joined us from St. James. Rochelle’s father was born in Vilna (at the time part of Lithuania, later part of Russia). He came to America in 1917. Rochelle shared a picture of her father at four years old, along with his 8-year-old brother Robert. (Notice the Rasputin look on brother Robert, a common look during that era.) Rochelle’s father made notes (in Cyrillic) on the back of the photograph. Rochelle recalls stories her father told of her wealthy grandfather. She learned how Cossacks would come in to any home they wanted, and take whatever they wanted: silver service, artwork, money. The citizens would give up their possessions in the hopes they wouldn’t be killed. Rochelle’s grandfather spoke numerous languages. He was able to secure passage for his family, with a sponsorship by his brother (already in America). They left Russia as the war was nearing an end. En route, the German’s threatened to bomb the boat, so it was rerouted to Rotterdam. The family finally made their way to America.