Here’s one of my latest finds from the local thrift shop. Do you remember plates like these? If you, like me, grew up in the 1960s in rural Ontario (or perhaps in rural Anywhere, North America), I expect you do. Many, many kitchens had this kind of an ornament mounted on the wall, with a few words, usually in the form of a little poem, about the preparation of food and adding a wish for God’s good graces on it and on the place it was prepared. Very sweet and, to my mind, very homely. (In that British sense of the word: “simple but cozy and comfortable, as in one’s own home.”)
So now my thrift-store find graces the pantry at the Manse, the rather cramped space (we’re talking pre-renovation, of course) where Raymond and I do in fact carry out food preparation and cooking. (And lord knows that when we both try to do it in that tiny space we probably do need a dose of grace, to keep us from ungodly language as we get in each other’s way.)
My new Kitchen Prayer plate cost next to nothing, so I couldn’t possibly pass it up. But what made it even more appealing was a tiny sticker on the back of it:
Do you remember seeing that sticker on the backs or bottoms of the knick-knacks and tchotchkes that made up the household decor of your youth? Maybe not the ubiquitous Blue Mountain pottery (since that was made right here in Ontario and therefore didn’t have to be imported), but lots and lots of other items that collected dust on household shelves. And hey, guess what? I just checked, and Giftcraft is still in business! “For over 70 years, Giftcraft has earned the trust of retailers and consumers worldwide by offering a diverse array of on-trend décor, jewelry, apparel, accessories and giftware at competitive prices,” the company’s website tells us.
I think that’s ever so nice. But somehow I doubt that there are too many “My Kitchen Prayer” plates left in Giftcraft’s repertoire. Thank goodness I found one!