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.
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. ;)