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Sincerely, The Duke and EsMay

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

The Duke Said Yes!

I have something to admit, I am at times very goofy, or nerdy, or however you want to look at it.  I have wanted to collect the Kraft Glass Bear Jars for as long as I could remember.  In our first year of marriage my mother in law found out.  She had three that were her kids.  So she asked my husband, who of course said yes, and his siblings, if they ever planned on using their bears that were currently in storage, and if not, could she give them to me.

That was 5 years ago.  Since then friends and family have found more and more for me, I have duplicates of so many now that I use for other things, but one of each I use as canisters.  For some reason though I never could find one on my own.  My friends and family that found the jars would never let me pay for them.  One by one I completed the collection except for Grandma Bear.  She is extremely rare, and this year I set out to find her.  Well I did, for $35 on ebay, after almost the whole year of searching.  I debated, and then sat down with the Duke to talk to him.  I figured the answer would be no.  But we thought about the fact that I hadn't paid for a jar yet, and so I could look at it as in owning the whole set for $35.  We also talked about how this was the first time I had found here anywhere listed at all.

Well, she came in the mail today!  She is in the middle of this photo.  Now the bear head with brown rice in it does not sit with the others on my counter, but wanted to show the whole set here.  He does not fit with the other jars on my counter, and this is not my counter, my kitchen is too dark and the bears kept turning a horrible yellow color in the photos, so this is another room.

Left to Right - Papa Bear Head with Brown Rice, Grandpa Bear with Brown Sugar, Plain Bear with White Sugar, Grandma Bear with Red Star Yeast, Band Bear with Cocoa, Mother Bear with Whole Wheat Flour and Papa Bear with Flour.
The big ones held 1.5 kg of peanut butter, the smaller two held 750g.  So they are a great sized canisters.
Click on photo to see better if you wish.

Isn't she cute???  She even has a bun in her hair in the back!  I filled her with yellow Red Star Yeast. :)  And normally I wouldn't put cocoa from it's container into a canister, but I just had to have a black bear, so that is what the band bear has. ;)  The bear head came without a lid, and the only one I could find to fit was actually a Skippy lid... do you think Kraft will ban me when they find out? ;)

Anyway, I am so thankful that the Duke realized how important this was to me, and didn't just look at it as it being a little empty glass jar.  I have spent the whole day smiling, and feeling even more loved than normal.

A year ago he probably still would have said yes, but because he wouldn't have cared what I bought.  This year, the yes means so much to me.  He really sat down and thought about it, and not just about the fact that we had the money, but about how much it meant to me, and how happy I would be to finally complete my collection.  He really wanted to spoil me in this way, and I feel it. :)

Dear Duke, thank you, I promise, in a week or two, I'll get some of this silly grin off my face, until then, you'll have to put up with it. ;)

26 comments:

  1. Congratulations Es May...you excitement is just jumping off the page. Way to go Duke!

    Blessings...
    Cat

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    1. LOL Thank you, Cat. :) And I'll let him know. :)

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  2. Love this post :)
    Your excitement is just bouncing off of it :)
    And she is a cute bear :)

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    1. Thank you, Elle, I find myself just staring at her here or there, so happy I finally have her. :)

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  3. Aww that's so sweet!! They're cute, I've never seen those before lol. I'm happy you got the one you wanted :)

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    1. Hey Stubborn, I'm glad you like. :) It's good I've said my age on here before, because this would age me. They were for peanut butter for a while when I was a child in the early 80's or around there. lol

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  4. You know, I never paid attention to the fact that they were different. I usually pride myself on my powers of observation. LOL...
    Congrats EsMay on completing your collection!! Years in the making. You know last year he would have said yes, but would you have asked?

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    1. To be honest, Wilma, mostly they just made the plain and papa bear, and the only thing different in those is the bow tie. The others were made more exclusively as I understand it. And, I thought it over, and asked the Duke, and we both agree, this time last year I probably would have asked his opinion, but probably would not have asked his permission. I'm glad I've come to the point that I want to ask. :)

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  5. Dear Esmay, you are very welcome. I love you very much and am glad you are so happy.

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    1. Duke, It's been four days since I posted this, and I'm still smiling ear to ear. Thank you so much for this gift. :) I love you. {{{HUGS}}}

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  6. So sweet and so cute!
    Meredith

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    1. Thank you, Meredith, glad you like. :)

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  7. Es May, this is so cute! Aw. Hey, if it makes you happy, it's such innocent fun. I have no idea what Kraft bear jars are or how you get them (I mean, besides ebay or friends/family). Was it a promotion? I can see a little kid playing make-believe with them.

    Enjoy your new treasure!

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    1. Hey Anastasia, the Kraft bears held Kraft Peanut Butter in them, they were sold as PB jars in the 80's or around there. They did try to make them again a few years ago with plastic instead of glass, they were not a hit. lol. And they would be cute to play with, but kind of heavy, so they'd probably just imagine them playing then actually picking them up. :)

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  8. Awe Es May, I love this. This is so sweet :) I'm so happy for you that you finally managed to get the set. I can feel your excitement :)

    They are so cute and grandma is awesome! I hadn't heard of these before. I too could see a little one playing with these :)

    Hugs,
    Roz

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    1. Thanks, Roz. Glad you think she's cute too. :) I told Anastasia up above how they came to be, if you want to read. :) And yeah, I was kind of excited, lol. Still am, and it's days later. I'm sure by Christmas I'll calm down. :) {{{hugs}}}

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  9. Those are adorable! Very happy for you that your collection is now complete. SM has given in to Barbie whims for me and I have an extensive collection of Mason jars. He tried to see if I wanted to sell those recently and I was like ARE YOU NUTS??? lol
    We women and our collections! lol :)

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    1. I don't collect much, but if the Duke EVER asked me if I wanted to sell my Glass Bear Jar collection, I'd probably be very hurt. Hopefully he'll never do that. :) I had one Barbie doll once, I asked for her when I was five, I got her when I was twelve! lol. I'd love to see photos of your collection sometime. ;)

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  10. Aww Es May!!! :) The bears are so cute! Thank you for sharing your collection!! Very sweet of the Duke to recognize how much it meant to you, and be a part of your purchasing fun! Enjoy! Many hugs,

    <3 Katie

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    1. Hey Katie, thank you. :) I really think they are cute myself. :) I sometimes wonder if I should grow up and get real canisters, but just love these little guys too much. lol. {{{hugs}}}

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  11. I'm late as usual but how cute are you ????? I'm smiling for ear to ear hear reading this and imagining you jumping up and down like a kid at Xmas lol I'm so pleased for you and I loved dukes comment x

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    1. Hehehe, thank you, Missy. I won't lie, I literally did jump up and down, a few times. I just wanted this so bad, and I'm not even sure why, but once I had my little collection, I could NOT contain my excitement. :) Yeah, the Duke's pretty cute too. ;)

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  12. Awww, how cute is this? I love it! :)

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    1. Thank you, Kenzie. :) I'm pretty partial to them too. ;)

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  13. Those are adorable! It's so nice having little things like that that make us smile when we go about doing the everyday things we do. Love it!

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    1. Oh, JGirl, it really does make baking so much more fun. ;) Until their heads get hallow and they have no brains left. ;) Glad you liked them too, I always worry I'm dorky for having them, but I just love them too much to give them up. :)

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