|Gloria's favorite cup and saucer. Thank you, Erin.|
One December, as she counted down the days until Christmas, a package arrived for Gloria with Cap's name as the sender. It was, carefully sheltered, her cup and saucer and a Christmas card that said Santa had directed him to see this reached her. Cap planned to sell the cottage and knew there were things and people that belonged together. He also sent a silver place setting, complete with butter knife and a napkin ring, that brought her to tears. That the same mail brought her and her siblings their greatly anticipated, individual, own boxes of candy from Great Aunt Hilda and the Detroit candy store that created special "Kiddie Boxes" for the season, left her with sweetness in her mouth and heart.
For the years she continued to live at home, Gloria kept her island treasures wrapped and stored, separate as though secret, feeling there was too much jostle and hubbub, for her and the china. It wasn't until she moved out on her own that she reacquainted herself with steam, with tea, in a way that allowed for conjuring. Real magic works best in silence.