She told me it was a very special glass, and I should take good care of it. So, on the shelf in my bedroom it went, next to the rock collection and Madame Alexander dolls.
When I got old enough to realize this treasure was just a mass-produced glass I asked my parents what was so special about it. Mom was silent and didn’t meet my eye. After a long pause, my dad said
Well, Suzy, about nine months before you were born your mother and I took a summer road trip to Minneapolis. That glass is a souvenir of our trip, and we thought you would enjoy having it someday.
The penny finally dropped.
This week I turned 60, and again used my Very Special Glass to toast my parents. How I wish they were here to share the celebration with me.
A bit of research turned up two ads for the Radisson Hotel in Minneapolis, Minnesota from 1953, the very year of my parents’ road trip. This hotel was the first in the Radisson chain, built in 1909. One ad displays the logo that is found on my glass. It has a rampant griffin and the Latin motto Labore et Honore. Translated to English, that is By Labor and Honor.
Well done, Mater and Pater. Well done.