Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Story of a Pig

A few days ago I was visiting my friend Gram who writes at Goodnightgram's Blog. She was writing a letter to her grandpa, whom she never met. She shared a picture of a pig cutting board that was hand-made by this grandpa. I was shocked to see that it was the same pig I own.

Richard's pig
When Richard (my late husband) was in the 8th grade he took a woodwork class. At this time (around 1946 I think) he handcrafted a pig cutting board. He painted the edges red and gave it to his mother. His mother loved this cutting board. She proudly displayed it on her kitchen counter clear up to her death at the age of 93. I rescued Mr. Pig when the house was sold at auction. I love knowing that it was made with Richard's hands and lovingly used for many, many years by his mother. I don't use it any longer as a cutting board. But he rests on a bookshelf in my dining room. I think of her chopping vegetables when I see all the tiny cuts in the board. We have many prized possessions made and used by family members. What prizes do you have at your house?

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  1. My daughter loves pigs and I got her a pig cutting board to keep in her kitchen. The only thing I can think of that is from family that I've kept from the past is a quilt that my grandmother pieced together. Her hands were always busy and she made enough of them so that everyone in the family got at least one.

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    1. How fun that she has a pig cutting board too! I love quilts but don't have any made by family. Lots of afghans though!

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  2. What a wonderful story. Thanks for sharing this memory with us

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    1. It is a fun memory everyday when I gaze upon the little pig!

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  4. What a sweet memory! I remember taking a woodworking class about 8th grade -- and bringing home a half-moon shelf that was soooo ugly it should have been set on fire. Years later, while going through my parents' things, I discovered they'd kept it. No, it hadn't gotten any less repulsive, but made me shed a tear or two.

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    1. I'm sure it was treasured by your parents. I have a little green dinosaur I should share with you guys!!

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  5. Awesome pig! And I love that Richard painted the edge as my grandfather did. Just today, I was on the phone with my mom and Imtold her the green pain was going away and that Inwas restoring the pig to the way my grandfather made it. Thanks for sharing a photo of Richard's pig! Fun to see it. As for what prizes I have at my house...my roller skate key.

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    1. I'll bet your mom was pleased that you were going to restore the pig! A roller skate key!! That is a prize!

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  6. So cute with Richard's pig! So glad you were able to rescue it and that it is now part of your prized possessions. I had for the longest of times a vase son had made in pottery class when he was in 7th grade. That thing was so heavy (and hideously ugly, but you don't say that to them, you just encourage them). During our recent move, I decided to "gift" son with things that he had made or had left with us since eventually he'll get them any way. The vase (which was not a gift to us, just something he had made and brought home with him) found a new home back with him :)

    betty

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    1. I tried to pass on some of the boys' things. They are just not interested. So I'll save them for their daughters!!

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  7. What a nice story. I have a very large evergreen in my backyard that came from my father's home. He dug it up when he was hunting up north and planted the seedling in his yard. Years later it was so big he knew it had to go. My husband and I went over and dug it up, planted it in our back yard, and hoped for the best. Now it shades the entire back corner. Even though it has needle cast disease, I will not take it down unless it is entirely dead.

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    1. I have a clump of star gazer lilies from Richard's mom's house. They are a prize to me too! I hope you don't lose your tree.

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  8. I have a lot of old items I use from when I was a kid. I still have a few pieces of silverware that I used when I lived at home, some cereal bowls, a few glasses - pyrex casseroles, knives...come to think of it, I really do have a lot and it comforts me, as does your wooden pig.

    Sweet story.

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    1. It's good to have those dishes from your childhood, isn't it!

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  9. Oh, gracious! Too many to mention. Mama's josie party dress, & her cast iron skillet, the coin collection my daddy saved, Pete's daddy club aluminum pot, file cabinet Pete made for me, grandmother's necklace.....
    Visit me @ Life & Faith in Caneyhead. 😉

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    1. Sounds like you have a few really golden pieces!

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  10. How lovely that you have such a treasure. :)
    My brother made a cutting board for our mother in wood shop, too. It was a pig but looked different from yours. Sweet memories. I made a tray with handles for Mom. Both items had already disappeared when we helped the paternal unit clear out things.

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    1. We have quite a few things around here too. I should round them up for future stories for my blog!

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  11. My brother made one of those. 8th grade would be a reasonable guess (but I don't remember when). The tail is black after being charred on a hot pot. My mother used it for years, but I have no idea where it is anymore.

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    1. Sounds like a lot of pigs were made out there!

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  12. How wonderful that you saved it! I have the cutting board that my husband made in high school...it is not a pig just a square of many different kinds of wood:)

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    1. Darian made one of those kinds when he was in high school. I treasure it too!

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  13. I recently bought a pig cutting board. I would have loved to have found one used and had a cool story attached.

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    1. Hi Holli! I'll bet there are some you run across when you go to your sales. You could make up your own cool story!! LOL

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