Day 1: March Slice of Life


Today begins the March Slice of Life – the monthly challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers.

As I thought about this SOL challenge, I knew I wanted a structure to hang onto to help add focus to my writing. I have always enjoyed art challenges and so when I saw the March photo challenge here, I thought I would combine the two.

When I read the topic for today, I immediately thought of two Japanese vases I received as a wedding gift almost sixteen years ago.

These lovely, delicate, pastel vases belonged to my grandmother and were given first to my uncle and then to me by my aunt.
My grandmother was Swedish and was on her way to the west coast by train when she met my grandfather, in the early 1930’s. She was heading to Japan, to be the governess for the Swedish ambassador.
But sparks flew and though Mai went to Japan for a while, she returned to Winnipeg, to marry my grandfather, who was a widower with four young children. My father was the about five, the second youngest.
These vases now have a place of honour in our china cabinet, a reminder that love can happen in the strangest of places and be a powerful game-changer.

10 thoughts on “Day 1: March Slice of Life

  1. This reminded me that I recently was talking with my son while we cooked dinner, and we were using a glass baking dish I received as a wedding gift. At the time, I thought it was actually a little weird looking, because it has a fruit design on it that is textured. It’s turned out to be this amazingly helpful, long-lasting item I’ve used for almost 25 years now. If we only knew those things at the time… Our thank-you cards could be so much more meaningful!

    • I’ve been doing that lately – looking at gifts I’ve received and thinking about the people who gave them to me or us I agree about the thank you cards. Maybe I need to send some out now to reach out to some of those people.

  2. You have a great list of photo challenge/writing prompts, and a wonderful story to share for the first Slice. I look forward to seeing what you come up with for the rest of the month.

  3. I’m a day late in reading this, but glad I stopped by (had to visit a familiar blog!). What a wonderful memory attached to these vases!

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