This is my mom, Sallie, in 1966. She was 38, had already had 4 kids and looked amazing! She reminds me a little of Joan but with slightly smaller curves. Here she is, happily painting shelves in our backyard in Garden Grove, California. A few days ago, I jumped a little when I found this at a local thrift.
This was our china pattern when I was growing up. I hardly ever see it. To find this piece was especially sweet. My mom used to serve mashed potatoes in one just like it. When I saw it, I suddenly missed her so much that my heart ached. My mom is 83 now and has dementia, but she's still as cheerful and delightful as she looks in this photograph. I think she'll remember the dishes and will be tickled to hear I found "her" bowl.
I can't wait to fill it up with mashed potatoes for my family.