I don’t know when it started. I can’t remember the first time I purchased one. I remember them hanging in my mother’s kitchen. I remember my grandmother, glancing at them from above the glasses that slid down her nose. All I know is that I love them. Vintage linen calendars. You know, the ones that used to adorn every kitchen, hanging from a wooden dowel and a tiny string?
Whenever I see one at a yard sale, thrift store…wherever…I must buy it. As I thumb through the ones that I own, I can feel the difference in fabrics used and see the colorful designs, watching the progression from year to year, decade to decade. I wonder whose kitchen they hung in, who bought them and loved them before me.
I’m not one to buy things just to “collect”. I use the items that I love. Each and every one of those calendars are in my kitchen drawer. They are used to dry dishes, wipe our hands and soak up water from jars after they come out of the canner. Every time I pull one out of the drawer, I take a second to unfold it and look at it before I use it. Have I mentioned that I love them? When they end up filled with holes and can’t do their job in the kitchen anymore, they become homemade dryer sheets. I spritz them with fabric softener (after taking a moment to admire them) and then put them to work in my dryer.
This is one of my favorites. It has a few stains and is starting to get some holes, but I’ve been using it a long time now. It makes me smile. Is there something in your daily life that you love to use? Something that brings you joy just by looking at it? It truly is the simple things you know. Enjoy the day that is today.