I never knew my maternal grandmother, Susan Inez Shaw Minick (although my cousin and I do share her name). My own mother barely knew her; she was three when my grandmother passed away in 1928, seven weeks after giving birth to her tenth child. I have some reminders of her though (including a lock of her hair!), and think of her quite often.
|Susie Inez Shaw Minick Olin Watson Minick|
I've been told that this was her dough bowl, in which she made biscuits for her large family on a daily basis. Notice the copper patch; apparently my grandfather made the repair when the wood became worn. Imagine making so many biscuits that you wear a hole through wood!
|copper patch in dough bowl|
If the patch weren't proof enough of this dough bowl's overuse, examine the texture of the wood.
|dough bowl close-up|
I've used this bowl on my table and to hold fruit on the counter, but I think it deserves a rest, don't you? For now, it's in a quiet corner of the kitchen, gleaming softly, and serving as a reminder of hard work.
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