Growing up, we used a hand-blown amethyst glass pitcher for special events. The matching tumbler never made it out of the china hutch. But the pitcher served water year after year. I had no idea of the age or significance until I found a hand-written story written by my moor-moor (grandma in Swedish).
First-born Swedish-American, at three, her parents had divorced in 1907! Sent to live in a house on the same farm with an aunt, her mother was relegated to a cabin at the back of the family farm for the shame of divorce. But by sixteen…
“We have thirteen mouths to feed. Here is your inheritance. Go make your way in the world.” The pitcher and tumbler came from Sweden. That was my grandmother’s entire fortune. With it, she made her way to St. Paul, MN and finished high school. Then almost ten years later she was called home to care for the family in Fergus Falls, MN when a flu epidemic wiped out many. She went home, despite the feelings of being an unwanted burden. Could you?
I’ve asked myself that question. If in her position, could I forgive and go home? I wrote Bridal Whispers, in Barbour Publishing’s Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection, based on Moor-moor’s story. It’s set 30 years earlier, allowing me more creative license, but the family heirloom holds a special place in the story. The hand-blown Swedish pitcher is mine now. I contacted a glass museum in Sweden and learned it was crafted in the 1850s, was a stolen design (common then), and is worth about $150—though it’s over 165 years old. The gorgeous toll painting and craftsmanship still dazzle in my family heirloom. But it’s the story that matters. What’s your family’s heirloom story? Have you shared it?
Angela Breidenbach is a bestselling author and host of Grace Under Pressure Radio on iTunes. Angela is the Christian Author Network‘s president. And yes, she’s the grand daughter of Swedish immigrants on her mother’s side. Click here to learn more about her story in the Lassoed by Marriage Romance Collection.