Every time I hit a thrift store, I try to stock up on old candlesticks for make-do's and pinkeeps.
Above is a picture of my current stash that I took this morning when the sun was streaming through the front window (I like the shadow it casts in the picture). I love being home when the morning sun is rising, which isn't too often since I work full time and we are generally rushing out of the house in the dark. Sunshine streaming through the windows in the morning...a simple thing in life to appreciate for sure!
What prompted this picture was my search on my cluttered craft shelves for a very special candlestick I found at the thrift store last year. It's actually the one in the middle of the basket with the wide base. On the bottom written in pen it reads:
"A+ This is the best in the class! Well done! 2/77"
This old candlestick must have been made for a grade in woodshop by a student back in 1977!
What would that make it...35 years old? Not exactly an antique, but it made me wonder about the person who made it (oh boy...here I go again! LOL!). Was it a boy? Pre-teen? Teen? Did he excitedly bring the candlestick that earned him an A+ home to his parents that day? Did his mother keep it on display in their home? Was there another candlestick to go with it? Who brought it to the thrift store? Did the person who made it or his/her parents pass on and realtives cleaned out their house? Did they simply not want it anymore? Is the woodshop teacher who wrote the note of encouragement to his student still alive?
I don't have the heart to cover up the writing or re-do the candlestick just yet. I don't know if I ever will. I just think of a young boy's heart being filled with pride and joy (I hope) when I look at it and it reminds me to try and encourage the young people around me and give them a "atta boy!" or "atta girl!" whenever possible.
The other candle sticks are a dime a dozen, and OH YEAH BABY....they're gettin' primmed! LOL!
Have a blessed weekend creating, dreaming, resting, exploring, laughing, healing, planting, caregiving, or whatever you are doing! ~*~ Lisa