I live in the country, which means that I don’t have garbage pick-up, so I have to drive into town and deposit my trash into bins at the local dump. So on this frigid December morning, I decided that I would make a run before taking Noah to school.
I pulled in, lifted up the hatchback, and saw my buddy, the security guard who usually helps me with the bags. Although I’ve been stopping by there for years, I don’t know his name, but he is a funny, happy elderly gentleman who knows me well enough to know that I hate the cold and jokes with me about it when it’s snowing.
While I was chatting with him, I spotted a large glass bowl–completely coated in frost–on top of the brick wall. I could barely make out the colorful shapes of birds that adorned it. Intrigued, I asked, “Is that a punch bowl?” He nodded, “Yeah, someone left it last night when I came on duty.” Inching closer, I got a better look and commented, “It’s in great shape.” He concurred, “Yeah, you wouldn’t believe the nice things people just leave off here. You can have it if you want it. Just pour some white lightnin’ into it, and you’ll be set for the holidays.” We both laughed, and I picked it up and thanked him.
When I returned to the car, Noah had his hands over his face. “Mom, what are you doing? You’re picking up trash now? Oh, my gosh. I can’t believe this.” Looking into the rearview mirror, I said, “Noah, it wasn’t in the trash, and why let something go into the landfill if it’s in perfectly good shape?” His mouth was open in genuine surprise. “Mom, I can’t believe you. You are such a cheapskate.” I sighed and countered, “It looks like a nice vintage bowl. No cracks, scratches, or chips. It’s a sweet find. Besides, birds like me.”
So here it is: the white lightnin’ bowl, which will actually be used for more pedestrian choices like salad or popcorn. I tried researching it online, but I can’t find any information about it, so I have no idea when it was made or which company manufactured it. The three birds featured beneath its gold rim are the Baltimore oriole, the scarlet tanager, and the blue bird.
Addendum: Ooooh! Scott found it online! The pattern is American Songbirds by West Virginia Glass. The trim is 22KT gold. I found one source that dates it back to the 1950s.