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nana's teaspoons

mellychan

Redondo Beach, United States

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15 october 2012 – FEATURED in This is Relevant
4 october 2013 – FEATURED in Passionate About Vintage
23 november 2013 – FEATURED in An Artistic Toast to Hot & Cold Drinks
—thanks to the lovely person who bought a greeting card of this work on 30 june 2013. i am very grateful.
—a very special person bought a print of this work on 24 november 2013. i am sincerely grateful to her.
—Thank you to the person who purchased this work as a greeting card on 1 december 2013
501 views as of 2 october 2013

my dear nana lived her entire life in western australia, never leaving the state in her 88 years. she marvelled at the destinations and distances to which her children – and grandchildren – travelled. over the years, family members would often come back from a trip with a souvenir teaspoon and give it to her.

when nana died several years ago i asked if i may have her teaspoons. i am the family member who (probably inexplicably) has been away the longest and perhaps travelled furthest. i received nana’s spoons in the mail, packed in the shoe boxes she’d carefully tucked them into, still in their original plastic cases, each one lying on a thin bed of sponge. i decided that if i was to haul these around the world with me, then i had to use them. so, every time i stir sugar into my tea or coffee in my kitchen somewhere, i think of my lovely little nan, who could never quite understand my wanderlust, but was always happy to see me when i came back home.

held by a teacup from korea, set on a beaded trivet from south africa in the kitchen in the house where we live in washington DC.

Nikon D80
AF Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D
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1/125 sec
640 ISO

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