Monday, October 3, 2011

It's all in a name.........


For some reason my dear mother was named Gladys - a very Welsh name for a very English lady.  We had not a smidgen of Welshness in our family history that we know of.  Her sisters were Madge, May, Edith, and of course I wonder now, when it's far too late to question, how they got their names too.  Gladys never liked her name, saying it was not only Welsh, but old-fashioned, and it didn't fit her personality!  
  
A little research tells me Gladys is derived from Gwladys or Gwladus, and it means royalty (princess), or the flower gladiolus. I think my mother would have been pleased had she known those facts.  She came close to royalty as a dressmaker to Queen Elizabeth, the Queen Mother (our present Queen's mother), and she grew the most beautiful gladioli (sword lilies) in our garden when I was a child!


Gladys, me (c. 1991)................and Gladys!

Last week the mail brought a quite unexpected parcel from my blog friend Claudia of Mockingbird Hill Cottage in New York.  Inside was 'Gladys', sweet little half of a salt and pepper set!  Claudia had received her in a group of vintage trinkets from a friend and shown her on the blog.  When I commented how I would have had a few tears if I opened a package and actually found something with my mother's name on it, bless her heart, she packaged little china Gladys up and sent her along to me.
  
Did I shed tears?  You bet I did!


Blogging friends are the best.  Thank you again dear Claudia, your thoughtfulness is so appreciated.



10 comments:

  1. Oh, melte my heart, Mary .. Claudie is a gem, isn't she.
    I've never seen one like this before. I wonder, the antique dealer part of me, if this was a carnival 'win' where back in the good ol' days they would write your name on things you won. How lovely ... wipe your tears, enjoy your gift & memories.

    Have a beautiful week ~
    TTFN ~
    Hugs,
    Marydon

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  2. I adore the picture of your and your Mom. How sweet Claudia was to send you Gladys...
    Hugs,
    Penny

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  3. Try combining this post with the dreamy music you play ... guaranteed tears for anyone with a soft heart.

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  4. You must have been thrilled to receive your little Gladys figure.It's funny how some names have such an old-fashioned feel to them. My name is another in that category and I really didn't like it until I started doing family history and discovered that it was the name of my mother, gt grandmother and gt-gt-aunt going back to 1810 - with those associations it became much more meaningful and now I'm happy with it.

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  5. I can understand why this would make you weepy, love the photograph of the two of you.
    How kind of Claudia to have gifted the little Gladys to you.

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  6. I love seeing Gladys next to the photo of you and your mother. She just had to be in your home.
    xoxo
    Claudia

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  7. What a sweet thing to do :o)
    My Mom's name is Gladys too - she hates it and is known by her middle name Mary!
    Your photo is a real treasure.

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  8. What a special remembrance and gift. I have an Aunt Gladys. Now I wonder if she knows how special her name is. A college friend also shares that name and her email is gladiola. The salt shaker is such a touching gift and I am amazed that this name is on it. How very special.

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  9. Mary, what a thoughtful gift. I love seeing the photo of you and your mom.
    Catching up reading tonight, but little time to comment, so will say "hello" on this post only. ~ Sarah

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  10. What a sweet gift, and a beautiful photo of the two of you!

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