This Little Red Riding Hood cookie jar sat on top of our refrigerator for as long as I can remember–longer, in fact, before I was born. I loved it, but only because every now and then, it would fill with wonderful cookies. It was a landmark day when I was able to reach it and pull out my own cookie, instead of standing on a chair to get one. But the old jar became much more than a cookie holder when I read one of Dad’s war/love letters to Mom: “Darling, you’ll never believe what the guys got us for our wedding gift.”

You guessed it. Dad’s war buddies bought Little Red Riding Hood. The gift meant so much to Dad that he carried it on his lap when he took the train to meet his bride-to-be on their wedding day. And they took it on their honeymoon. The cookie jar, minus cookies, has moved from the top of our fridge to the top of our war cabinet. Wouldn’t it be great if we all asked for the stories that go with family heirlooms? And we can pass along those stories to the next generation…and the next…and the next….




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7 Responses to “WARTIME COOKIE JAR”

  1. Laura Sassi Says:

    I love this Dandi… and it has reminded me that I need to continue a project that I started after my mom died which was to write little stories about the old pieces in our house that are part of our family heritage – such as the old singer sewing machine that sits in our foyer- and to then tuck/tape the note inside or on the back of the piece so that my children and their children will know some of the stories that go along with that piece. Maybe you need to fasten a note inside that cookie jar – or beneath it. =) Anyway, thanks for reminding me of the fun project I started and now want to finish.

  2. dandimackall Says:

    Laura, that’s wonderful! And by the way, congratulations on the new picture book! I love your GOODNIGHT books–beautiful!

  3. April Clevenger Boyer Says:

    We have a few stories. The one that stands out is the old ‘piano bench’ my grandchildren, now grown have come to know as where the playing cards are stored. Their great gramma on Jeff’s side used to sit at her Singer sewing machine- never a piano in the house! I love your memory stories! Keep em coming! Can’t wait to read the book! (please visit http://restginhisshadow.com)

  4. dandimackall Says:

    Wonderful, April! Thanks so much for sharing. I think we should call these “Story Tags” and figure out how to make it go viral!

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