I don't know how old my mother was when she received these topaz dishes as a gift, nor who gave them to her.
Because they were not play dishes for us and because she kept them on the highest shelf, I knew she valued them. They were important to her.
One November late in her life she asked me what I'd like for my birthday. I told her what I'd really, really, really like was her topaz tea set. And that is what I got.
Now, as I think about the future of these little pieces, I wonder which of the granddaughters or even a great-granddaughter would appreciate having them? There are two granddaughters who have topaz (November) birthdays. Should I give the set to one of them? Or to both?
"Who first comes to this world below
In November's lovely glow,
Should prize the topaz amber hue,
Emblem of friends and lovers, true."