ALL THINGS OLD ARE NEW AGAINThe hunt continues for an old claw foot tub to restore.
Yesterday, I called the lone antique store in a neighboring town. "We don't have any tiger paws, but I know where you could find one" was the answer from the old lady on the other end of the line. And that is how my mother, sister, three boys, and I ended up behind a decrepit old farmhouse in a town that time forgot.
As we were driving down country roads, I was musing about the familiarity of it all. I remember so vividly, being the child in the back seat, complaining about being dragged along on yet another "adventure" for an old claw foot tub, tongue and groove, or sinks. Mom, on the hunt for old fixtures to go in the house that, at the time, was still just a dream in her head, would haul all four of us kids (6, 4, 2, and newborn, at the time) into her extended cab Ford F-150, and spend the afternoon traversing the dirt roads of south GA, looking for the perfect sink to restore. I remember it so vividly. And now I am doing the same with my children...and my mother. All things old are new again.
This is why I stay. This is why I live in small town, GA with the gnats, and the obnoxious who's who, and the unbelievable heat and humidity. I stay for the family connections. The roots. Hearing my children whining in the backseat, and telling them that when I was a little girl, I traveled these same roads, with a mother who was on the same mission.
Stealing dirt from my Daddy's back forty, putting my children down for naps at Nana's in the same room, same crib, I grew up in, searching the backwoods of GA for a claw foot tub with an excited passion that my mother not only understands, but passed down to me, is priceless.
Searching for the perfect old tub to save is much more than just searching for an old tub. It is a piece of my past. A connection to my mother. My children don't get that now. Hopefully they will someday. I hope that when they are grown, they laugh together about the times that mom dragged them with her all over the country, looking for the perfect tub in a tumbleweed town....just like I do with my brothers now.
*this image is from poll sci girl on flickr.com