If you have ever lost someone close to you, you know that sometimes it’s the strangest things that can have the power to bring you to tears. Yesterday I went to unload the dishwasher and I saw that my scrapper had fallen to the bottom and the heating coil had melted the handle.
I showed it to Kelli and Hubby…they chuckled and Kelli said, “I don’t think even Grandma Kramer would keep that.” That simple statement about did me in.
See my mother in law was a great lady and thrifty too. For as long as my husband can remember, every morning for breakfast she fixed eggs for breakfast. She would always leave the flipper on the edge of the pan and the handle would always burn. In fact the handle was almost in the shape of a ‘C’…but did she throw it out…NO!! Never. She was also notorious for not using gifts that people gave her. Towels that we gave her for Christmas would sit on the shelf for years until the old ones wore out. This habit drove us all crazy as we never felt like she loved what we bought her as she left it on the shelf. One year she mentioned that she wanted a small flipper the perfect size to get bars out of the pan. I found what she was looking for at the store….I bought TWO. My husband took one of the brand new flippers out to the shop, took the torch and purposely burned the handle in a “C” shape. For Christmas we gave her one to use (the new one with the burned handle) and the other new one to keep for good. She laughed and laughed….she ended up using the one with the burned handle and the good stayed stored away.
Seeing that burned handle in the dishwasher just couldn’t help but bring a tear to my eye….Sometimes her frugal ways made us laugh. I sure love that she raised a frugal boy and that the boy married me. Funny thing is…I find myself putting the new good things on the shelf and using the old first….but I do draw the line at saving that scrapper!