Thursday, April 5

Costume jewelry, shattered hearts, and an Amish family made of iron

I only had myself to blame, really. I knew he was running short on sleep (to bed at 9, arose at 6), but we had 45 minutes to kill yesterday and the antiques shop was right next to where we'd be picking up Noah. Ethan loved the shop. Loved. For a kid who hoards—for anyone who hoards—a large antiques mall is mecca.

He marveled over cases and cases of costume jewelry. He opened doors and rolled wheels on vintage toys. He very much wanted a delicate blue ceramic flower pin and a hand-crafted cast-iron salt and pepper shaker set in the image of an Amish couple sitting on a bench. Until he saw the miniature cast-iron cookware set.

Altogether—the one-egg-sized pan, a tiny corn on the cob skillet, and a miniature dutch oven—the set would have been about $60. Despite battling my own inner hoarder/lover-of-miniaturized-things, I told him that was too many dollars, and his heart shattered. He really really wanted all the things, even though before we came in the shop I told him he could only pick one thing that wasn't too many dollars. He was just too tired, though, to find any sensical vocabulary.

We compromised, although unhappily, with a purchase of the pan, a small bronze box that I think was used for holding rolls of stamps (remember those? rolls of stamps, I mean), and a decidedly non-antique purple ring.

"You have a very nice mommy," one of the older ladies behind the register said to him as he whimpered against my shoulder.

They handed us our purchases, and he immediately gave the ring to me. "It's for you," he said. Purple, you see, is my favorite color.


Only today, after nearly twelve hours of sleep, was he able to explain the flower pin was meant for me. I think we'll go back tomorrow.

6 comments:

Jenn said...

I need to know your training schedule. Sam is 18mo and only allows me approximately 11.5 minutes in any thrift/antique shop. Surely that number should be higher by his age right? How did you train Ethan to browse?

And what a sweetie to "buy" for you ;)

Marie A said...

Oh man, my heart was already pretty meltable after several angelic days with my own tiny man, but now it is in a puddle on the floor.

Lisa Watts said...

I really really really want the Amish couple. Can I, pleeeease?

Amy said...

So sweet. I'm sitting here crying in my coffee--perhaps I, too, need a bit more sleep!

Mouse said...

Heart melting . . .

Jennie said...

And then I died from the sweetness.

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