Article: The Pie Safe: I had no idea!

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By Sharon Brown on August 19, 2010

It was almost as old as the mountains it came from, but that pie safe held much more than pies. It held all the dreams of a little girl, and it held all the scents of her childhood.

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Aug 23, 2010 12:01 AM CST
Name: Larry Rettig
South Amana, IA
What a wonderful story, Sharon. When you told me that your brother was visiting, I had no idea that he surprised you with such a treasure! Objects near and dear to our hearts can hold such beautiful memories. Thanks for sharing yours with us.

Our home is filled with pieces of furniture that are over a century old, all of which hold memories for Wilma and me, depending on which side of the family they came from. One piece even dates back to 18th Century Europe. But the piece I treasure most is a small bookcase with two glass doors that sits on top of a chest of drawers--much too small for me to ever have crawled into! It sat on a chest in my grandmother's bedroom and held a treasure trove of candies for her grandchildren. Only she knew the secret to gaining access to those candies that we all coveted. The sweets were behind the door on the right, but the keyhole for that door was fake. The key went into the hole, but wouldn't turn. It worked fine for the door on the left, but that only provided access to the left-hand compartment. We were not allowed to watch when she got out the candy. Not until we were adults did she reveal her secret, and then only after a solemn promise that we wouldn't tell any of the youngsters.

Inside the left-hand compartment was a hidden latch that opened the right-hand door. It was so well concealed, that even when we sneaked into her bedroom to try to unravel the mystery, we couldn't. When I pass by that ingenious piece of furniture now, I often hear her German-accented voice in my mind's ear: "If you vant cendy, you stay out of the bedroom, ja!"
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Aug 23, 2010 12:08 AM CST
Name: Sharon
What a really great memory, Larry! I can almost hear the words myself.

I love things like that, pieces that carry with them the memories and the feelings that we had then. That's exactly the way I feel about the pie safe.

Thanks for sharing your story, too. I can almost see it in my mind.

I didn't know my brother was bringing the pie safe with him, it was a lovely surprise.

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