This is an aluminum teapot.
This is an aluminum teapot.

After Aunt Teresa passed away we were invited to her apartment to see if there was anything that meant something to us. I chose this teapot and her yearbook from Quinnipiac College. It's an aluminum teapot that Aunt Bernadette, Aunt Teresa, and Grandma King had in their house. I chose this because it brought me back. It brought me back to the days that, through my eyes, the family was whole: Grandma King, nine children, spouses, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I still feel Christmas at Grandma King's, deeply: everybody converging on her second-floor apartment in West Haven, Irish bread, and lemon meringue pie. She was Irish, and when I was twenty I learned where her roots were with my grandparents. My grandfather was so excited to meet his Uncle Stevie and finally get to know the Aughrus Peninsula. There was a time that the image of the aluminum teapot in the Irish kitchen was iconic. Now, I have one in my kitchen.

Place(s): Ireland
Year: 1909

– William Thomas

Relationship:  Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more Great-grandchild of im/migrant or more