Cherished Memories by Sylvia Rouss is a story about seeing the beauty in something old and stained. Amy asked her Grandma if she could select fabric to assist her with making a gown for a play that she would be in. Turns out, the fabric looks just like the fabric on the old, worn kitchen chairs in her Grandma’s house. Amy was sure that there was enough fabric to make a gown for her play and also recover the chairs. Grandma tells Amy several stories about the stains that she sees on the chairs and Amy giggles at the stories that her grandma treasures so much.
The world that we live in is full of upgrades and always suggesting that the “newer” of whatever we already have is the better way to go, everything from our clothes to our cell phones. Grandma teaches us all a lesson in Cherished Memories that our old, stained chairs have history. Using our eyes to see our things, like the old stained chairs, and our hearts to appreciate how those stains got there to begin with is really what makes up some of our best memories.
I loved the way the story is told from a granddaughter’s perspective, in conversation with her grandmother. There is something special about a grandparent’s love that the lessons we learn but may never really thought about before can be taught from our favorite family members. We can learn to appreciate that spilled milk or that squirt of mustard across the room for many years to come. Kind of like a new meaning to the old saying of not crying over spilled milk.
Cherished Memories by Sylvia Rouss would be a great book for grandmothers to give to their granddaughters so they can reflect together on their own funny stories that have left marks on their chairs or other household items.
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