Very tiny and a little frail, Mimi - as my husband, her grandson, called her, and therefor, so did I - reached out and patted my hand and, in her VERY heavy French accent, said "Remember this because so many things in life can make you old if you let them". We were talking about this little dish she had in her house - hand painted pottery "Made in France" scrawled across the bottom - that had these words painted inside:  "On a toujours vingt ans Dans quelque coin du coeur."  Despite my ancestry, my french was poor to say the least.  One class in 7th grade just wasn't getting me by.  She saw me struggling to figure it out and she told me it said "May you always be Twenty in the corner of your heart."   And I smiled and said Aww, because after all, I was almost 28 at the time and didn't fully appreciate the full meaning.  I loved her though and I loved talking with her - listening to her mostly as she recounted the days when she was twenty in the 1920's. Fascinating. I could sit with her for hours and never grow tired of it. Sometimes I took notes even. :)   A few years later, our  Mimi had to leave her home and shortly after, she passed away.  We went to Lawton to help pack, ship or sell her belongings and Jay asked me if there was anything I wanted of hers. All I wanted was that little dish. Luckily for me, it had been broken and pasted back together and wasn't high on any of her heirs' lists, so when Jay said "Lisa's got her heart set on that little broken dish over there" or something to that effect, nobody cared.  That's how I got it!  It sits on my desk and holds my CF cards sometimes as they finish their uploads, a paperclip or an earring ends up in it occasionally.  But it doesn't need a function at all as far as I'm concerned because it's "function" is just to make me smile as I remember Mimi and her sweet spirit and kind heart, her love of martinis with 2 olives, her utter disdain for Victor Newman,  her love of tulips and mostly for reminding me to always be twenty in my heart. 

Today my Friday wish for all of you is the same. On a toujours vingt ans Dans quelque coin du coeur.
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November 13, 2009

Very tiny and a little frail, Mimi - as my husband, her grandson, called her, and therefor, so did I - reached out and patted my hand and, in her VERY heavy French accent, said "Remember this because so many things in life can make you old if you let them". We were talking about this little dish she had in her house - hand painted pottery "Made in France" scrawled across the bottom - that had these words painted inside:  "On a toujours vingt ans Dans quelque coin du coeur."  Despite my ancestry, my french was poor to say the least.  One class in 7th grade just wasn't getting me by.  She saw me struggling to figure it out and she told me it said "May you always be Twenty in the corner of your heart."   And I smiled and said Aww, because after all, I was almost 28 at the time and didn't fully appreciate the full meaning.  I loved her though and I loved talking with her - listening to her mostly as she recounted the days when she was twenty in the 1920's. Fascinating. I could sit with her for hours and never grow tired of it. Sometimes I took notes even. :)   A few years later, our  Mimi had to leave her home and shortly after, she passed away.  We went to Lawton to help pack, ship or sell her belongings and Jay asked me if there was anything I wanted of hers. All I wanted was that little dish. Luckily for me, it had been broken and pasted back together and wasn't high on any of her heirs' lists, so when Jay said "Lisa's got her heart set on that little broken dish over there" or something to that effect, nobody cared.  That's how I got it!  It sits on my desk and holds my CF cards sometimes as they finish their uploads, a paperclip or an earring ends up in it occasionally.  But it doesn't need a function at all as far as I'm concerned because it's "function" is just to make me smile as I remember Mimi and her sweet spirit and kind heart, her love of martinis with 2 olives, her utter disdain for Victor Newman,  her love of tulips and mostly for reminding me to always be twenty in my heart. 

Today my Friday wish for all of you is the same. On a toujours vingt ans Dans quelque coin du coeur.
Mimidish.jpg



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