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Tuesday, May 6, 2014

Pink and Gray with HUGE Jewelry- An Ode To Mrs. Jordan

*Running this oldie but goodie for Teacher Appreciation week. Mrs. Jordan inspired me. Who was the "Mrs. Jordan" in your life? 

My fifth grade teacher changed the trajectory of my life with one small sentence- "You should run for student council, people like you."
Her name was Mrs. Jordan, and I adored her.  She was almost six feet tall.
I once overheard my mother say that Mrs. Jordan wore "city clothes".  Whenever I see the pink and gray color combination, I always think of Mrs. Jordan.  She used to wear a pink and gray pantsuit with HUGE jewelry.
We didn't know where one might buy "city clothes."  We just knew that she did not get her wardrobe at the Kmart like the rest of us.  (In Indiana, we like to put "the" in front of store names- The Kmart or The Walmart.)
She drove a convertible.
There were rumors that she -gasp- drank beer.
Shocking to those who know me now, I was terribly shy as a child.  I would hide behind furniture if guests came a callin'.  I am deaf in one ear and feared not being able to follow small talk so I said nothing.
So...when Mrs. Jordan spoke those fateful words to little ole me, I was shocked.  Had I heard her correctly?  I didn't think anyone knew my name, much less liked me!  I couldn't believe that she saw me that way.
Even if I had zero votes for student council, I vowed not to let down my idol.
I spent the next 7 years on student council.  I pushed myself to speak to others- loud enough for them to actually hear me!  Now, I just tell people to "speak up, I'm deafer than a doornail!"  (another Indiana favorite!)
This tablescape was especially nostalgic for me.  I used my mother's pink depression glass, my mother-in-law's old china and VOILLA!  There she was.
As I was looking through my camera lens, all that pink and gray made me think of Mrs. Jordan.
I'm a teacher.  I'm almost six feet tall.  I wear big jewelry.  I like my beer.  And, according to my son, I am a "really good talker."



"Pink and Gray with HUGE Jewelry" is so Mrs. Jordan!






AND...I especially enjoy drinking my beer out of these fancy teacups.

43 comments:

  1. Love the pretty pink depression pieces...wish they still made pretty dishes like these!

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  2. The pink table setting is lovely.

    Thank you for sharing

    Love,
    Karin Şen Cankan
    karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

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  3. I love this for so many reasons:
    The beautiful "tablescape" (who knew there was such a word?)

    Your description of Mrs. Jordan, and the reminder that being different makes us special, not weird

    The power of a teacher to change children's lives

    Thanks Kerry, you are an inspiration to me!

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  4. Oh, I just love this! Your description of Mrs. Jordan makes me miss teaching so much. How wonderful that she influenced you in such a wonderful way. Your table is beautiful - so pretty. I just love your silver!

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  5. WoW! This is simple, beautiful and full of memories. Mrs. Jordan would be proud of you (obviously for many other things too).

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  6. Oh how pretty. I love the pink and grey combination. Isn't it funny the things we remember about our teachers?

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  7. Oh, wow....what a great back story! What a wonderful way to honor the memory of Mrs. Jordan. She would undoubtedly be delighted! City clothes....I love that!

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  8. I love EVERYTHING about this story and your photographs!

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  9. Lovely story and your table looks great! Love the beer/tea cups :) Thanks for sharing at Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays.

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  10. Beautiful. I love styling my table too.

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  11. I love pink depression glass! Saw your link at Funky Junk's vintage linky party. New follower via facebook :)

    Shasta

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    1. Thank you, Shasta! Welcome to the wild world of HouseTalkN!

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  12. Oh I love love love this table setting! Pink and grey is one of my favourite combinations! The delicate pink glasses and the ornate cutlery go beautifully together!

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  13. This may be my favorite yet sister! I love it:)

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  14. Teachers really can change lives. beautiful words and pictures!

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    1. Thanks, Robbie. She taught all of my sisters and was equally inspiring to all of us!

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  15. Lovely! I really enjoy your blog, thanks for making me smile!

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    1. Thank you! You want to smile? Check out the Bloggers dance off!

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  16. You are a wonderful story teller! I love your humor. Your blog is contagious~love it! Thanks for the smiles~Angie

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  17. Kinda depressing! jk

    As an antique collector...love it!

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    1. Har! Har! Har! "Depressing"- I get it! I love antiques, too!
      Thanks for popping by!

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  18. What a wonderful tribute!
    As a retired high school English teacher this really touches my heart.

    And- I think beer abd antique glassware is a great combination.

    Laura
    White Spray Paint

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    1. Thank you, Laura! You are waaay too young to be retired?!?

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  19. so pretty! I hope you'll stop by and add this and any other posts you're proud of to my Wednesday What We Wore and Made Link party

    marissa
    http://raegunwear.blogspot.com

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  20. This post is so celebratory and joyful! And inspirational. I know you so much better and like you even more. This speaks to the art of what you do here at HoseTalkiN...truly an artful journey....maybe a "dress your table like your favorite teacher" contest? A wednesday's woman table setting? La la la, I am leaving singing. You made my day!

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    1. HEY! I try to keep my "hosetalkn" private!
      Thank you so much, Sperky.

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    2. That's too funny. Obviously, I can't spell and need Mrs. Jordan desperately. ;) Happy Mother's Day, lady! ;)

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  21. I love the back story so much! Big jewelry is a must...and heck if you are tall (like me too) we can do big jewelry. The table is GORGEOUS! LOVE it!

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    1. Tall Girls Unite! I always say that small jewelry on me is like giving a whale a tic-tac!
      Thanks, Holly!

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    2. I am so glad you had someone like Ms. Jordan in your life... We all are blessed by your hysterical voice and impeccable taste! Such a pretty table!

      Take care,

      Trish

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    3. Thank you, Trish! Mrs. Jordan was a blessing to so many others, I am sure!

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  22. I love your stores! Teachers can be a wonderful influence. Pink and gray is one of my favorite color combos too. Such a beautiful table you put together! Thanks for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

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    1. Thank you, Kadie! I was so blessed to have Mrs. Jordan!

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  23. Mrs. Jordan... like Lincoln Trail Mrs. Jordan?!

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  24. Love the story & the table decor. Isn't pink depression glass so beautiful. I only have one piece that belonged to my grandma. Thank you so much for linking up to Fabulous Friday at Faith, Trust, & Pixie Dust.

    Warmly, Michelle

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  25. Love the charming tree! It would be perfect in my little girl's room redo coming soon.kids wall decals

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  26. Awe...I'm glad you got to decorate your table with your American Sweetheart depression glass. That's my pattern too. My Grandparents sold depression glass and antiques, and when my sister, cousin and I turned 11, we got to pick a pattern of depression glass. I picked American Sweetheart, and on each birthday and at Christmas I got another piece. I purposely didn't register for fine china for my wedding because my depression glass was going to be my formal dishes. I have some pieces on display at all times, and it always makes me think of my Grandma.

    Fellow Hoosier,
    Holly

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    1. I love that story! Mine was mostly passed down from my grandmother to my mother to me! I have added a few pieces here and there.
      Thanks for popping by, Fellow Hoosier!

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