Thursday, February 26, 2009

"I Remember You" ~ A Nostalgic Tablescape Thursday event!

Welcome to a very "Nostalgic" Tablescape Tea Party...
My focus will not be on the dishes, linens, or stemware today,
but on the precious couple sitting at the table
holding hands and sharing lovely stories of their life together
...after celebrating 67 years of marriage just a few months ago!
Thanks Susan, for hosting a favorite of mine, Tablescape Thursday!
To visit other tablescapes later today,
please be sure to click on Susan's blog "Between Naps On The Porch".
On the menu ~
Fresh Baked Buttermilk Scones with Golden Raisins
Home made Devonshire Cream
Dried fruit & nuts
Black Currant Preserves from France
Le Petite Ecolier Cookies
Special Tea Selections
After the scones were baked, I prepared my Tea Basket for Travel..
I wanted my time with this couple to leave them nothing but great memories when I left..
So, I packaged everything from the plates, napkins, milk, sugar, tea pot, etc... (everything)
I took a half day off work, and scurried to my car to begin my 30 minute drive...
Let me put it in reverse for just a moment... ;)
Let me explain how I met Elouise...
I joined a Writers Club in a nearby town in '08, Elouise is one of the founders since it's inception, 1973.
One day last November, while on a call with her, I asked her if I could come and have a tea party with she and her husband Barney, whom I'd never met. She said they'd love that!

We set the date for 2/25/09 2pm
Let me now begin to introduce you to this most adorable couple
Elouise, 83, and Barney, 86
I thought I was going to have a lovely tea with this couple...
I excitedly set the table with the pansy table topper I'd taken along...
and began to put all the plates and silver in their places...
Barney had just woke up from an afternoon nap...
From the time they both sat at the table, their hands were clasped...
All of a sudden, I didn't care what type of china I'd brought with me,
I didn't care how pretty my cups were that I'd brought for them...and had no interest
in telling them who they were made by... :)
All of a sudden, I was enveloped into witnessing one of
the greatest "love experiences" in my life.
Barney told me from the moment I met him
that he'd married the prettiest girl in the world...
he reminded me of that all afternoon...
When he did, he always squeezed Elouises's hand and smiled.
They shared with me moments of how they met, about their early years...
I felt as if I were meeting the couple from the characters in "The Notebook",
especially when Barney broke out in song and serenaded Elouise singing...
"I Remember You", the great classic written by Johnny Mercer.
He knew every word, and we all had tears in our eyes when he was done.
During our talks, I learned Barney had been a great boxer and an avid golfer!
Elouise brought in his huge trophy he won in earlier years so I could see it.
I'm glad I took my camera, I wanted to capture pictures of the tea party
so I could provide them to Elouise & Barney as a keep sake of our day.
I asked them if I could take a picture of their hands together...because this is a moment
I wanted to remember for the rest of my life...
They obliged...
Once the tea had ended, I found myself driving home
reminiscing about our tea and the wonderful stories both Elouise & Barney shared with me...
I had been forever lifted into an entirely different world than the one I'd left when I'd jumped into my car earlier in the day to start my journey. This "Nostalgic Tablescape" reminded me that it's not always about the linens, the candles, or the ambiance...but about the people seated behind the tablescape...about their hearts, their stories, and their endless love... Maybe I'll share on another day the tablescape I used while there, but then again...that could ruin the memory I've left you with today, "Elouise & Barney" and their endless love of 67 years and his serenading her with, "I Remember You"...

~CC Catherine

40 comments:

Cass said...

Nothing could grace a table more beautifully than that lovely couple, witnesses to their enduring love.

Cass

Happy To Be said...

GM girl this just brought the most happy tears to my eyes just reading about this awesome love story...I think this is what every woman wants in life is to have a man that is devoted to her and her to him...this is the BEST tablescpae I have ever seen..Oh I am wiping my eyes on my Old Red robe right now!! Oh and the "Notebook" is my all time favorite movie,,read the book first and just loved it.. I am so Happy you shared this with us...thank you so much...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

marty39 said...

Oh, what a fabulous love story and what a blessing for you to share a "Tea" with such a lovely couple. Hugs, Marty

Helen said...

Dear Catherine, this post is so heartwarming and endearing ... I loved reading about this couple and I loved everything you did to make this magic moment.
P.S. How do you make the Devonshire Cream?

Rose Haven said...

Oh, how totally precious your time with them was...for you and I'm sure for them as well.

Thanks for letting us take a peek into this special event!

;-)

Terri and Bob said...

How totally beautiful!

Lady Katherine said...

Thank you for my cry, for such a love to last so many years is so lovely. The story and the hands show the love they share. I will be so blessed to have 31 more years with my love. Thank you for sharing.

Blondie's Journal said...

Catherine, you just touched my heart with this post. The rest of the world seems to go away when you are a witness to the testament of true love.

I wish Eloise and Barnie many more years of health, happiness and love!

xoxo
Jane

Smilingsal said...

What a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing.

Love to decorate said...

What an awesome experience. It is an amazing experience. Thanks so much for sharing this

claudie said...

Now THAT my friend is a Tablescape Thursday.
Your so right, it's not about the china or the name on the plates.. it's all about the name of the friends that are sitting around your table. I'm a very casual girl, really I am. My table looks fancy today with Audrey sitting there, but if she had come, she would most definitely be eating on Corelle, our everyday dishes ( I would have to run out and get some pretty napkins for her though LOL)
I knew you were going to visit but did not expect such a heart warming story CC.
That's why I love You.
Love Claudie
xoxo

Peggy said...

What a love story...you can't help but find tears welling up in your eyes for that wonderful couple so in love still after all these years. In a world where guys and gals won't make a marriage committment it makes you glad that two people can sustain their relationship for the long run. We all love our Tablescape Thursdays but I will long remember this one! Thank you so much for reminding us of what is important around the table. Peggy from PA

ceekay said...

Precious. The hand holding is just precious!

Alisa Lucas-Brown said...

Hello CC, my friend!
What a wonderful story you have shared with us today. There is nothing like true, everlasting love. The tea party sounded wonderful but I be the company was even better. Have a blessed day!
Smiles,
Alisa

Linda said...

Oh my goodness! How precious is that?! It looks like you went to bless them and they blessed you! What a lovely surprise! I know you will treasure this memory for a long, long, long time. Linda

preppyplayer said...

it's true, it is not the settings and the table that is important, it is whom is seated there.
Sounds like you had a lovely and memorable afternoon.It also sounds like you really notice what is important :)

mbkatc230 said...

This brought tears to my eyes Catherine. They remind me so much of my grandparents. What a beautiful story, and beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing such a heartwarming post. Kathy (but your tea tablescape really is lovely too)

Walking on Sunshine... said...

How sweet is that??? I hope to be able to sit at a table holding hands with my hubby after many years!!! Thanks for sharing. The scones looked fabulous!

ann said...

Oh C.C.What a story.What a couple.And you were so sweet to do this for them.They do look so much in love.This does leave me with such a warm,tingly feeling all over.No matter how big a mess we get ourselves into in this life.There is always LOVE to see us through.
And by the way,you are todays winner.It means nothing but to me and perhaps to you.But every week I dub my winner.The one I think is the best.Honey,nobody can touch this...Ann

Carolyn said...

I love your heartwarming post!! It does remind me of the Notebook for sure.What a thouhtful thing for you to do and how richly you where blessed as well!
Take care,
Carolyn

Olive Rue said...

What a beautiful story, Catherine. And I love how you got the photojournalistic photo of the hand. That would be a great shot in black and white. In fact, send it to me in a large format and I will run it through photoshop for you.

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Cynthia said...

CC,
This is the best tablescape ever!! I had tears in my eyes, what a lovely couple and they are still so cute. And you my friend, are a wonderful and thoughtful friend. I have to go get my tissues now, hugs to you... Cindy

Chandy said...

Such a great story. I loved reading it! Barney and Elouise sounds like a wonderful couple...

Carolyn of What Now? Tablescapes

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

Thank you for sharing this beautiful and nostalgic tablescape. What a loving thing to do for them. They are a darling looking couple and something I can only hope to aspire to with my own dH someday. I do love talking with the older and the wiser...they have so much to offer us just as you have shown us. I loved the picture of their hands together. For part of my wedding pictures 33 years ago...our photographer took a picture of my new husbands and my hands. I had the photo made into a painting and it hangs in our bedroom. I hope to someday take another photo like the one you did for this couple, God willing for our 50th!!

Belinda said...

Hi Catherine! What a very sweet post today, and I love how you captured the essence of this couple's happiness in just being together through your words and photos, I sure do hooe they get to see this. :-) Their relationship reminds me of my grandparents on my Mother's side...they were madly in love their whole life together. :-)

lvroftiques said...

Oh what a lovely lovely couple they are!! And how happy am I to have learned a little about them! We should all be so blessed in love!Awwwwwww! *sighs* Vanna

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Catherine, this brought tears to my eyes. What a beautiful couple, and you told their story so well! Who needs to see tea cups and china when you can see those beautifully clasped hands. Thank you for posting this. laurie

TRES BELLE said...

Catherine,

You are so right about bringing a box of tissues. How touching and sweet that they "still" hold hands after all of those years together. Forget the tablescape, (I'm sure it was very lovely)
and always remember what you saw today as a testament too what true love is all about.
Thanks so much for sharing this heartwarming story Catherine.

Kris

ellen b said...

Oh so sweet. I love the photo of them holding hands. So darn special. Happy TT to you!

Bo said...

This is without a doubt one of the sweetest posts I've ever read. Thank you for sharing it with us. They seem like a lovely "in love" couple. ;-) Bo

Susan said...

Running late this week visiting blogs....again...wonderful post!
Hope you had a great Tablescape Thursday
Susan

prof en retraite said...

Oh CC...What a wonderful story! So touching! Thank you for sharing it with us! See you soon...Debbie

Kathleen said...

What a lovely story! And your basket, so cute too!

Linda said...

What a touching and beautiful tablescape story! Thanks Catherine for sharing it!
Hugs, Linda Q

carolinajewel said...

What a sweet story and such a lovely couple. My brother once gave us a Slim Whitman album as a joke and my DH actually liked it!!!! That's his favorite song on the album. I will "remember" this couple next time I hear the song! :D Jewel

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Catherine~ ~ ~Tears so early in the morning. It feels really good. What a lovely story.

Karen Sherrill said...

Thank you for sharing such a touching post. So many times we have these grand ideas on how WE are going to do "this" or "that"... and then God shows us what life is really about.

Karen

Linda C said...

The beauty of this tea was the love of this dear couple. How wonderful that in your giving, so much was given back to you that day:)-- and to us by your sharing.

Just an inspiration and a lovely post.

Thanks you!

Linda C

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

This couple reminds me of my mother and stepfather. It's wonderful to know that love can be so enduring. They were so devoted to each other and they made a wonderful example for me and my DH.

Julie Garmon said...

Okay, I'm crying now. What an incredible love story....especially how God planted this idea in your heart. Then the gift you received by giving them a tea party. What a beautiful story. Thank you, my friend.