Today I broke a glass. While this is hardly tragic, it was my favorite glass, one I had shipped from the US with my oodles of books. I’ve had it for years, and I know I can’t ever replace it, or the sentiment attached to it.
I’m not a terribly sentimental person (I referred to one of John Donne’s poems as “sappy” my freshman year of college, an incident I remember because I had that same professor two semesters later, and she asked me if I still had the same opinion), and in the intervening years since that English Lit class, I would like to think that I have grown and matured a bit. Now, I would never call a classic author’s work “sappy.” My vocabulary has expanded since I was 18.
Last week, I had the joy of hosting the Rev. Canon Dr. Alison Barfoot while she was here for the Provincial Assembly, and during a discussion about something I have in my flat (possibly the potholders from the firm where my mom worked that I asked my bishop to bring), we got to discussing the little things that make us feel tied to the US.
Yes, I have other glasses that were purchased in Uganda. I brought over several coffee mugs in the book shipment as well. I rarely use them, preferring the larger mugs that I found here, but having them, just SEEING them, reminds me of the United States. I love seeing the hand-painted mug my best friend gave me, and I use it when I miss her. I love the mug with the picture of the Bishop Tucker building that was painted by a friend who was a missionary here, and it reminds me of her.
Oddly enough, for me, it’s the very small things that have sentimental value. I absolutely love my potholders. I’m actually bringing some small Ugandan things to keep in my room at my mom’s, because when I’m in the US, I miss Uganda.
I will replace the glass, but it won’t be the same.