I found these figurines several months apart at two different yard sales. They reminded me of my Grandmothers house back in Phoenix when I was a little girl. Grandma's living room was decorated with similar figurines and pictures. My mother would tell me stories of how Grandma cleaned "rich" peoples houses and occasionally when they redecorated they'd allow her to take some items home. Every summer without fail I would run into the living room to see Grandma's newest items. I could always tell them a part ,the items never seemed to match the rest of the house. The living room adorned ceramic tiles,thick carpets and colorful walls painted in rich bold colors of her Mexican heritage. The Pink Girl & Blue Boy figurine sat on the only t.v. in the house next to the rabbit eared antenna. Grandmothers "novela" was always on. I seem to only remember a handsome, tearful man sitting along side a hospital bed next to a gorgeous girl with long beautiful hair wearing fresh makeup. For years I thought all woman looked that good in the hospital. Warm serapes adorned couches while a Virgin De Guadalupe statue stood in the corner protecting us from evil and temptation. Needless to say Grandma's eye for detail & decorating seemed to make it all work. She made it her own with style, humbled grace and richness of family.
I often wondered if my love for yard sales stems from my summer trips to Grandma's house. Weekly I am amazed what people practically give awhile. It's as if I carry the tradition of acquiring nice stuff from rich peoples houses. Is that deep or what? I am my grandmothers keeper. The keeper of wonderful memories of the Blue Boy & Pink Girl figurines with their gracefulness and elegance.
In this age of technology, I am hoping to enrich my children with some traditions. With the Holidays coming up maybe I can create some new traditions while maintaining old ones that adorn my past. What family traditions are you needing to honor? Needing to start? I have always said , it's best to honor where you came from, know where you are now and where you want to go. It's the same for traditions- like the Spanish rolling of the "r"....Rachel's "R'S .. remember, rejoice, reclaim and redo. We need to always strive to be better than the last generation.