When I moved from a college dorm into an apartment, my mother helped me stock my kitchen, allowing me to use precious Greenbax Stamps to purchase a sleek white hand mixer. When she saw it, she asked to trade, offering me her Iona avocado green mixer, a wedding gift from my father’s college friend English McCutchen. The mixer was only 20 years old then, and in fine condition.
My parents were married on June 5th, 1971. It was a beautiful day and the marriage was a good one. They also got some pretty sweet gifts, many of which are still in evidence today, finally cool again, in shades of avocado green, harvest gold, and burnt orange -- including that mixer.
My siblings and I threw a party for our parents on their 40th anniversary. One of their bridesmaids still had her dress from the wedding, a lovely avocado green empire waist gown with a Mandarin collar, which we displayed on a dress form, next to their wedding album and a replica of the bridesmaids’ bouquets. Almost everyone in the wedding party made it to our celebration and the day was filled with shared laughter and memories. The party was a surprise, though my mother had been given a little notice. She was tired from her cancer treatment and we knew she needed to reserve energy for the big day. A few days before, she sent me to the attic to find her veil, which she wore to the party, with white jeans and a linen tunic.
My mother died just days later, leaving behind years of happiness. The mixer, now more than 40 years old, still runs like a dream. And when it doesn’t? I’ll get it fixed, because it’s a piece of my mom and I won’t let go.
Anne Postic writes about cooking for her family on The Kitchn. She lives in Columbia, South Carolina with her husband and three very handsome sons. She loves talking cooking, travel, parenting and art, though not necessarily in that order.
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