Thirty-one years ago, a set of shiny Farberware pots and pans became a part of our brand new family. They were a wedding gift.
The smallest pan lost it's shiny bottom layer a couple years later when I left my my oldest son's bottle heating on the stove one night before church. When we came home after church, the stove was still going, the bottle was dry and the wall beside the stove so hot you couldn't touch it. It's a miracle I didn't burn the house down!
I kept the pan and have used it all these years, despite it's handicap.
Each one of my children passed through the phase of unloading my pots and pans cupboard. Each one of my children used them as a set of drums. Each one of my children used the largest pot as a booster seat from time to time.
And each one of my children were fed countless meals cooked in these pots.
Sixteen years ago, we made the move from California to Missouri. The pots and pans came along. Their stainless steel didn't seem to have any trouble adjusting to the humidity of the summers or the cold of the winters. They just kept on cooking.
About five years ago, my kids decided I needed a new set of pots and pans. You see, my Farberware set have all lost their handles. One even perished in a kitchen fire.
But they were still cooking, so I couldn't bear to through them out. I just made room in the cupboard for the new set and kept the old. But I still used them, just about every day.
Well, three of those pots and pans are about to make another move. This time to Vanuatu. They are going with my son and his wife when they leave for two years on December 31st.
When my daughter-in-law mentioned that they needed to pick up some pots and pans to take with them, something inexpensive that they would probably leave there when they came home, I told her she could have them. I thought it would be fitting for them to go where I couldn't go and keep cooking meals for my son.
After all, they've been doing it for the twenty-six years he's been around. He's even scorched them more than a few times with his cooking!!
So now they are going with him to his new home. And when he returns, chances are the pots & pans will probably stay there.
All except the little one. I requested that it make the trip back home if at all possible.
Call me sentimental - it's true and I don't mind!!