The Table Wishing Well

Mom's Wishing Well

My mom’s kitchen table was always neat and orderly.  She usually had a table runner or a nice table cloth on it and something decorative in the center of the table.  Then at meal times, we would move the centerpiece and fold up the table cloth and get the table ready for the meal.  Following the meal when the table was cleared the nice cloth and centerpiece would be back on the table again.

For a number of years Mom used this McCoy wishing well as a centerpiece on the kitchen table.  Usually she would have a plant cutting rooting in it.

When she decided that she didn’t want to use the wishing well any more, she gave it to me.  I took it to school and used it on my desk as a pencil holder when I was teaching fifth grade.  One day we had an accident and the wishing well somehow got knocked off my desk and smashed.  I felt really bad about it because of the memories of Mom and the kitchen table, but I was going to throw the pieces away.  One of my students, Heidi, told me insistently that her grandparents like to repair broken figurines and they would be glad to glue these pieces together for me.  I was very skeptical but I let Heidi have the pieces, which were many and seemed like rubble.

Sure enough, the day came when Heidi triumphantly returned the wishing well, glued together into one whole.  Of course upon close examination all the seams could be seen.  I was very impressed and grateful that Heidi’s grandparents who didn’t know me would take all that time to repair the well.

Meanwhile, another friend, Skip, found another McCoy well for sale and bought it for me.  I’ve had the well put away for some time now, keeping it safe, but now, thinking about the kitchen table memories, I decided to get it out again and put it on my own table.  Perhaps I will do as Mom did and use it to root plant cuttings.

The little wishing well now reminds me of Mom and her kitchen, and Heidi and her grandparents, and Skip, who cared enough to help me preserve my mom’s little well.

About NJ

I love to write! I realized in 9th grade that I really enjoyed writing. Every two weeks we had assigned topics that we were to use to write an essay. I liked writing the essays. I'm a mom and a grandma. None of my family live nearby, but they visit when they are able to come. I've been a pastor's wife and a grade school teacher. Now I'm retired and enjoying visiting others, and indulging myself in my hobbies, --writing and art activities. I'm very thankful for the blessings in life.
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4 Responses to The Table Wishing Well

  1. Sally says:

    Such a sweet story! People are so nice, and I’m glad you had friends to help you restore a treasure. 🙂

  2. NJ says:

    Yes. Their help meant a lot to me. I am blessed.

  3. Len Waldorf says:

    My grandmother had one of those ceramic wshing wells, too.

  4. NJ says:

    Len, that’s interesting to know that your grandmother had one of these wells. It must be a “period” piece because I’ve heard from others that there was one of these in their families. Nice memories.

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