When her mother passed away, she filled it with lemonade and served her friends a cool drink when they stopped by to visit. She knew it would have made her mother happy to see it fulfilling another purpose. In the winter time, when the children came in from playing in the snow, hot chocolate filled their mugs from the treasured pitcher.
The years passed and as an old lady Granny found herself in the big old house alone. The children were now all grown up and busy raising their own families. She bought each of them their own fancy pitcher and told them to use it everyday. Years later the children gathered at her house after her funeral. Looking around they found the pitcher sitting on top of the fridge. Inside they found a note and a sealed envelope.
My dear children,
You have found my pitcher, the one thing I used everyday since I married your father. It was always a reminder of my mother and the wisdom that she passed on to me about living life to the fullest. It brought me so much happiness. I remember pouring the milk over your bowls of porridge in the morning before you went to school. Remember the daisies sitting in it every summer and the time we brought home the goldfish and used it for an aquarium for a couple of days. I will never forget when I used it to fill it with cold water so that I could wipe your foreheads when you had a fever or when I would stick your hand in when someone burnt themselves. We did have fun didn't we. This pitcher now belongs to you Ellie, for you are the baby and the only one who asked for it. I expect that you will use it everyday and that when you invite your brothers and sisters over for a visit, you will serve them some lemonade in it. During these last few years, I still used it everyday by reaching up and putting a dollar in it. It made me happy because I knew that someday you would all gather here like this and you would find my note and this gift. Every morning I would look forward to putting in the money because it gave me and the pitcher a purpose. I felt like a child doing this and I would smile just imagining this moment. I hope I am somewhere so that I can see your reactions.
And so open the envelope and you will find a key to a safety deposit box where you will find my final gift to you. Spend it wisely together as a family by going on that trip to Ireland that I always meant to take. Never mind your schedules and excuses. Just do it for time waits for no one. I love you all so much and I want you to know that each of you were a special gift in my life. Enjoy the trip and make some great memories. Have fun.
A beautiful song to end this blog post......
Have a great day ... Mary!