Thursday, December 18, 2008

It's comin' outta your hide, missy.



My favourite ornament, my beautiful bronze-coloured glass acorn, dropped by my four year old. 'Tis the season to forgive and forget, but I admit I am bearing a slight grudge in my heart of hearts.

19 comments:

rolla-cameron said...

aww, what a great looking ornament too! is it repairable at all?

we have a really really old star (it's made out of paper, kid of am oragami style star, still have the origonal box even, it's a noma!) for our tree topper and I tell you when it's day is done we will all be very sad around our place.

Night Owl said...

awww, I'm sorry, Shan. It was a beautiful ornament.
*hugs*

maryanne in pgh said...

my mom still sometimes reminds me of when i was probably about 4 years old and i broke the lid of the heavy irish crystal sugar bowl her own mother brought from ireland to the u.s. in the early 1900s. i know my mom loves me but it must still rankle, that she remembers it so _and_ that she tells me about it.
it _was_ a lovely ornament though . . .

knititch said...

i guess you'll have to. and it was a really really pretty ornament. but you can't cry over spilled acorn as they doesn't say.

Ames said...

Ooooh. Did you get to use your angry face?

kate said...

Oh dear. Hopefully she was at least full of remorse. You know, not grinning at you from under the tree as she showed you the shards....

Bethro said...

Poor little thing. I'm not sure whether I mean the ornament or your daughter. I guess it depends on the amount of remorse, as Kate said.

Shan said...

rolla-cameron: not repairable. The top was in about 50 pieces - I vacuumed them up and just left the biggest two for the picture. I'd like to see your star - I think it might be the same as my parents have.

maryanne, that's terrible! On the other hand, it makes for an interesting ending to an object's story - "Hey kids, see this bowl? It was brought on a ship from Ireland by your great great grandmother at the turn of the last century. It has no lid because as a kid I loved to play with it and one day I played with it too hard - ha ha ha! was your Grandma ever mad about that."

Ames, I didn't use my angry face. I used my involuntarily tear-filled eyes...had to take a time out there for a minute.

Kate/Bethro, she is pretty upset about it. The reason it broke was that she was trying to put it back on the tree. The reason it was OFF the tree was that she loves it with every fibre of her being. She has a shoebox under her bed filled with real acorns that she has collected. She is almost sorrier than I am, that it is gone.

Dave Hingsburger said...

Two things to say ..

OK, everyone, everyone, gather round .. NO eating mincemeat tarts at Shannon's this Christmas ...

and

Don't Sweeny your Todd, it's an ornament ...

Shan said...

Dave, am I going to have to post another proof of life photo?

mel said...

Oh dear :(

Kris said...

When DS was about 4 he broke my favorite antique glass ornament that was a gift from one of my parent neighbors. I still miss it every year when I put up the tree.

kate said...

I can just picture HER eyes welling up with tears as well now ... poor things the pair of you.

Annalea said...

Oh, I'm so sorry, Shan.

I remember breaking one of my Mom's most beautiful glass ornaments, and how sad I was.

Do you love acorns in general, or was it just this one?

maryanne in pgh said...

Shannon - love your script regarding the sugar bowl lid, i'll save it for my kids and their kids and so on.
By my reckoning your posting had a 21.43% positive response rate to the "whose family had a memorable breakage of something precious" issue. Funny how we hang on to the losses instead of the sweet and lovely times which I have to think are statistically more likely to occur.

Stace' said...

As my MIL from Tn says, "AAAHHH, can't have nuthin"

carlarey said...

One year we moved in the Fall, and when Christmas rolled around, we all started looking for the boxes of ornaments that my mother had lovingly assembled over the years. Turns out that even though the boxes were labeled prominently on each side and lid, my dad somehow managed to donate them to Goodwill.

My sister and I crushed soda cans and used them for ornaments. We gave my dad so much hell about our pitiful tree. Even though a new collection has evolved, we still talk about all the stuff that disappeared, and we still hang crushed soda cans on the tree just to punk my dad out.

Penny said...

Ouch. You both need a cuddle.

Raveller said...

oooh, you can probably get another one on ebay. Type 'glass acorn ornament" into the ebay search box and you'll probably find something similar to yours... you could have a whole tree.

I say this because I have horrible memories of breaking old xmas ornaments at a young age and still carry regret.