This was just too pretty to pass up. Gerry gave me this bowl in 1999 and I use it almost every day. It was made by Danny Marley down in Seagrove at Hickory Hill Pottery. When Gerry worked for the Greensboro News and Record he did a story on Danny and he bought two mugs for me while he was there. I liked them so much that I started asking for pottery from Danny for birthdays and other gift giving holidays. This bowl had a sister, but Wes broke it when she was little and she cried and cried, knowing how much I loved them. This is a really simple bowl, it's just brown glaze with a hint of blue, thrown sort of thin, nothing fancy but it feels so great to hold and food looks beautiful in it. Just a simple country bowl that I love.
Another simple beauty there! This child wears no makeup, barely brushes her hair, loves clothes from the thrift store and hardly knows what a mirror is, but look at that face!
So anyway, my thought on manners. This has been happening more and more frequently and I have been thinking a lot about it today. I'll begin with this: my cousin had a friend named Sarah. She was beautiful and when you talked to her she absolutely listened to every word coming out of your mouth like it was important to her. And when you saw her the next time, she remembered your conversation and asked about you. She never talked about herself unless you asked her and she was so great to be around. I think about her every now and then, I don't think I have ever met another person like her. Which brings me to my point. Recently, I have noticed when I talk to people they seem to be multi tasking or looking at a computer screen, or texting on the phone, or if you are on a phone call with them, you can hear that they are preoccupied with something else, like walking around with the cordless phone and doing things while you talk, or I am walking around on the cordless phone doing things while I talk.
Now my mom is just waiting for me to finish my sentence so she can say what she wants to before she forgets what it was. Gerry wanders from room to room while I talk and I either have to shout at him or follow him around, both are annoying. So I am beginning to think that what I have to say has no value to anyone. And then I realized I do this too. Many times when I am checking email or blogging Wes comes in to say something and I mildly listen while I continue with the computer screen in my face. So today I apologized to her for doing that and I told her that from now on I will listen completely when she has something to say, no multi tasking. What she has to say has value and she deserves my attention. I'm going to try this with everyone else too and show them the respect they deserve when they are trying to express a thought to me. After all I do live in the South where we are supposed to have manners!
I'm heading down to Seagrove on Tuesday to meet Ron and the Brits, should be lots of fun, I'll bring back pictures so stay tuned!