glass-christmas-decorations-006While on our river cruise we were entertained for over an hour by a glassblower, Karl Ittig, from Wertheim, Germany.   After the second world war Karl (a young boy at the time) snuck out of East Germany with his family and in 1958 settled in Wertheim. Karl and his family have been working with glass for six generations, since 1841. Their traditional glass making techniques are taught at the Pilchuck Glass School co-founded by Dale Chihuly (USA). The Ittigs are founders of the Eugene Glass School in Oregon, USA which teaches all aspects of glassmaking.

Galileo Temperature Guage

Galileo Temperature Guage

When we were in the shop bon-apart we bought a Galileo (density of liquid changes according to the temperature) and a few Christmas decorations. (If you read my blog on packing you know this was a major decision as packing room was at a premium!) I have enjoyed it every day as Rick and I are always ‘discussing’ the temperature.  Galileo is our proving ground to determine who is too warm and who is too hot.  I digress.  When we made our purchase one of the ‘goodies’ dropped in our bag was a bright orange paper with a glass droplet attached.  It wasn’t until I opened the bag to wrap the little decorations for Christmas that I read the paper.  I would like to share it with you.

This is the story of  a woman that lived to be very old because she never forgot her moments of

bon-apart gallery

bon-apart gallery

happiness.  She never left her house without a handful of glass stones.  She wanted to be fully aware of the most beautiful moments of the day and be able to count them.  She took one glass stone from the left-hand pocket and placed it in her right-hand pocket each time she experienced something positive, during the day (for example: she had a good old gossip with someone or saw the sparkling eyes of a child or even enjoyed a nice meal), just things that gave her real pleasure.  Sometimes two or three glass stones slipped from one pocket to the other.

In the evening at home she counted the glass stones she found in her pocket and recalled every moment she had enjoyed throughout the day.  She thought about all the nice things she had experienced and had given her pleasure during the day.  Things that had made her happy and thanked her maker for the goodness.  What is more if she was only able to count but one stone she considered the day to be successful, a day worth living.

Cordially yours  Ittig Family

I hope you enjoyed this little legend from the Ittig family.

I would like to wish you and yours a very Happy Holiday season.

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