Laws of Attraction: What’s on your Refrigerator Door?
Our old refrigerator belonged to mom and dad and if I told you that we were using twine as a supportive mechanism for the vegetable bin and that the color scheme was seventies turquoise, you will know it served a good, long life.
The bulbs in our “old Bessie” had long been exhausted so that any midnight snack foray resembled a hit or miss spelunking expedition. When the new model was installed, my youngest son opened the door and exclaimed,There’s light in here! Indeed, the interior was like a tiny apartment just waiting for furnishings. We were finally catching up with technology and becoming energy star efficient.
Part of the anticipation was providing a sophisticated new backdrop for our magnet collection. But no – plunk! plunk! plunk! is the sound of magnets falling from the sleek, glistening surface of stainless steel. Apparently my elementary science was long forgotten.
So now the magnets are nestled in a linear, vertical fashion up and down the few visible inches to the side of our fancy new appliance. At the top, in homage to my husband’s family’s dry cleaning business is the Ohio based A One Cleaning Service. Other magnets are from Olana, the Persian estate of Hudson River painter, Frederic Church, Sunnyside, Washington Irving’s historic estate in Sleepy Hollow New York. Below are mementos from the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Louvre, Frida Kahlo’s Retrospective exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, The Brooklyn Museum of Art (Judy Chicago’s Dinner Party permanent installation), Cafe du Monde, New Orleans (cafe au lait and beignets of my dreams), and Disney World, brought back by Daughter Number One.