There is often comfort in doing familiar things...like setting a table. Today's table is in memory of my friend Becky, who passed away last week. I wanted to share how much she meant to me, but I've written, erased, and rewritten, and I suppose its all too new, because nothing sounds right to me. I just don't have words. Maybe that's ok. Sometimes there just aren't words. Instead, I cleaned off the dining room table, opened up the linen cabinet, and got to work.
I chose a vintage cloth, edged in her favorite shade of blue. (She always called it Harlequin blue, others call it mauve blue. For me, it's just "Becky blue".) The flowers decorating the cloth are pansies, which Victorians used in their bouquets to signify remembrance. On the table is a mix of Fiesta: vintage cobalt, contemporary scarlet and marigold, and Becky's beloved Homer Laughlin Harlequin in "her" hue. The flatware was a gift from a dish fairy. A Hall coffeelator pot is serving as an ice bucket for Becky's Prosecco. We spent some happy times, chatting and sipping Prosecco.
The wine glasses are etched with the Fiesta Dancing Lady and the Homer Laughlin China Collectors Association logos, in honor of Fiesta's 75th birthday, and the little marigold demitasse cups and saucers are special items given to those of us attending the HLCCA conference week before last. The marigold pyramid candle holders were part of the centerpiece on the banquet tables at conference, and I was delighted to win the set on my table.
I won't pretend to have any skill at arranging flowers. My "method" is to jam flowers into the vase until I can't get more in there, but in this arrangement the five red roses tucked into the bouquet represent each of the tablescape divas: Becky, Daphne, Candy, Rebecca, and myself. I've enjoyed all our tablescape collaborations so much, and it's hard, knowing that our Deco Lady isn't here to join in the fun this time. I'm linking with others' tributes to Becky, via Daphne's Tabletop Time
Love and good thoughts to Mike, Abbey and Donnie, Tori, and all of Becky's family and friends.
I miss her, too.