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My Dad's Pots

Tsirtn
My father has a sizable and very fine American Indian pottery collection that he collected during the eight years we lived in New Mexico from local artists.  He purchased many of these pots in person from the artists themselves, and this collection is his pride and joy.  Yesterday, one of the shelves in his office tore its way out of the wall and came crashing down, taking almost a third of his collection down with it, including two of his finest pieces, one of which was a gift from my mother for their twenty fifth anniversary, and very special to them both.  I found him yesterday picking up the shards, crying in a way I had never seen him cry over anything that wasn't a death in the family.

However, all of us, my father included, are grateful it fell when it did, because I rushed downstairs thinking Amy, our elderly Chow/Akita mix had fallen, and when I couldn't find her inside, I went outside, where I found out that she had fallen, down the stairs that lead up to the porch.  Mom forgot to tell me she was outside when she left, and in this weather, Amy could have gotten heat stroke very easily, and died.  Because of the falling shelf, I got out to her in time, was able to cool her down with a wet towel and plenty of water, was able to call the vet and my parents, and got her leg, injured in the fall, checked out and treated quickly.

Amy is my dad's baby.

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ljlee
Jul. 2nd, 2014 05:36 am (UTC)
Life's a bitch like that sometimes. Whoops, there goes a chunk of your treasured pottery collection... but it saved your dog's life! I'm glad Amy is all right, and good luck to your dad rebuilding his collection. Are any of the damaged pots replaceable or repairable?
attackfish
Jul. 2nd, 2014 12:56 pm (UTC)
None of them are repairable, but the nice thing about signed artwork is he knows who made each of them, and for his two favorites and the biggest one, I think he's working himself up to calling the artists and commissioning something similar to the lost ones. There's nothing quite like telling someone, oh, that thing you worked so hard on and put all that time and creativity into? It's gone. It's in a million pieces now. As for the smaller easier to replace ones, Mom and I are hunting for similar ones to give as gifts. I found a couple of thirty year old ones on ebay that are being sold because their owner is recently deceased, and so are a ridiculously good price for what they are.
lokifan
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:33 pm (UTC)
Your poor dad :( Glad it led to something good though.
attackfish
Jul. 6th, 2014 06:52 pm (UTC)
At least now I know what to get him for his birthday.
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