Monday, October 19, 2009

Cornucopia - "Horn of Plenty"


Cornucopia - "Horn of Plenty"

If it was Fall, then this cornucopia was on our maple table or hutch when I was growing up. We moved fairly often, but my mother liked using many of the same items for decorating using a little twist of something different each time. Seeing our traditional decor for the seasons probably gave our family a sense of security and definitely home. I remember helping my mother to decorate, probably one October day, when I asked her what a cornucopia was. She explained to me that it was a "horn of plenty", meaning that it was a symbol of having enough to eat. I can hear her voice now explaining this to me. I'm not sure at what point I asked my mother when I was fully grown and had a family of my own, if someday I could have the cornucopia. She insisted that I take it then and told me that it had been a wedding gift to her and my father. I cherish this cornucopia dearly... and by the way, as I placed it on that same maple table today, I felt my mother smile.

8 comments:

Laura said...

Karen-
We are both on a sentimental journey and a wonderful one at that.

I love your horn of plenty.

Laura

Calming Scents said...

Hello, I'm here from Cindy's blog. I went thru yours and its fascinating. I love the old photos, and the one of your parents at the bottom, what a gift!

Deb said...

I love your horn of plenty and the story behind it....

Karin said...

Such cherished memories ~ and I love your horn of plenty, you can display it in so many different ways.

Joyce said...

Sweet memory.
Joyce

Joyce said...

Thanks for leaving me a comment on my blog. Honestly we must be related as I was looking at your blog tonight and so many family stories are similar. You GF was almost born in the great hurricane and your Aunt the travel agent sounds like a fun person who had an influence on your life too. I love the idea that you and NJ made a cookbook. Those Italian cooking genes seem to pass on and on and on:) Glad you have wood floors now too! See I told you I browsed your blog tonight:)
Joyce

Nancy said...

Love your horn of plenty and it belonging to your mother, so very special!

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