In our daily lives we are surrounded by objects. Most functional, but others much more meaningful.
These are precious objects.
Precious objects represent more than just a physical function. Instead, they are often connected to a particular person, memory, or sense of place. They may help you ground yourself, or provide comfort during particularly stressful times. Or, they may simply help you prepare your grandmother’s famed rice and bean stew, and help you conjure up memories of her as you stir and taste.
Here at Evelyn & Bobbie, we put a lot of value on items that are made with care, and make you feel special when you use them. We have created our products with this sentiment of precious objects in mind, and hope you feel this when you are wearing our bras and Knickers.
We asked our team here at EB HQ what objects they hold most near and dear. We’ll present each one as a series, and hope you’ll follow along and feel inspired to share your own precious objects as well.
First up, Evelyn & Bobbie’s Founder and CEO, Bree McKeen.
Q: What is your precious object?
My most beloved object is Aunt Bobbie's wooden spoon. It was her favorite, too. She cooked thousands of meals with it over the decades: a simple hand-carved flat wooden spoon. I can picture her now standing in her bright yellow kitchen, which she painted that color because it made her happy, lovingly mentioning how that simple wooden spoon was "just so damn perfect!"
Q: How did you come into possession of this object, and how long have you had it?
When Aunt Bobbie passed away, she actually wrote in her will that I was to receive that and her old, well-loved, notated Joy of Cooking. That meant more to me than any jewelry or more traditional "heirloom" ever could have. And she knew it would, which was an honor.
Q: What does this object represent for you?
Aunt Bobbie's wooden spoon represents the values she instilled in me about what's important in life. First, care and craftsmanship. There are lots of wooden spoons in the world. But this wooden spoon was handmade in Mexico. Thin, so it also worked beautifully as a spatula. Light and smooth to the touch, especially after years of use. It's burnt in one spot from resting on some pan or pot, which just gives it more character. Aunt Bobbie was a seamstress and restaurateur, and whether it was a casserole or a fine silk blouse, she would always show me how a little extra care in tending to the details could take something from ordinary to extraordinary. And when it came to food, that extra detail was usually a little more butter or a little extra cream.
Q: How do you use your object?
As precious as it is, it's there to be used. So for almost everything I make, that spoon is coming out. I feel like somehow it still holds her presence and energy -- like cooking with that spoon puts some magical nutrient, Aunt Bobbie's love, into my food!
Q: Do you have an object you’d like to pass along someday?
I often buy myself a piece of jewelry to mark personal milestones or achievements that I've worked hard for. And I do it with a little more freedom and generosity toward myself knowing that I'll be able to pass it to one of my nieces or grandnieces with that story attached. It was my dad that taught me that I didn't need a man to buy me jewelry! That was a gift I could give myself.