Cherished Blogfest, Cherished Chicken

There are two types of things in my house: useful things and special things. The best things are generally special useful things. I’m a purger. I don’t like to waste energy on things. When it came time to write about something for the Cherished Blogfest, I thought surely it would be simple. It’s not.

When I was small, I had a collection of stuffed animals. Whenever my father brought me a new one, I’d turn all the other stuffed animals around to spare their feelings. With their faces to the wall, they wouldn’t see the extra attention I gave the new one. That’s how I feel about this challenge.

I’d already written about the painting, which is surely my most cherished possession. I’ve already written about our quilts, and the pottery the children made.

I asked Sassy for help. Some suggestions were my pewter measuring spoons, an antique china dish, rare books, Pyrex bowls, a vase I don’t let other people touch…All good suggestions, but without creative spark, until finally she said, “The chicken?”


Before I moved back home, I’d had a comforting dream about my grandmother’s milk glass nesting hen, and I’d decided that was something I’d buy myself as a housewarming gift when we finally got settled.

One morning when I opened Instagram, I realized Drew and Beauty Queen had already been out and about thrifting.
In the picture, between their broad smiles, they held up a milk glass chicken together.

@jolenemottern Lookit what we found for Joey! #justforyou #milkglasschicken

I squealed! I hopped up and down a little! My chicken! They found me a chicken! It’s not hard to find a chicken, in the sense that one often stumbles upon dirty ol halves of a chicken, but it’s hard to find a pretty, clean, intact one — in person.

Yes, I cherish my chicken. It’s one of the first things I see when I walk in the door.
It’s precious.


And useful.


This was a fun challenge. I enjoyed sharing my chicken story with y’all, and I’ve really enjoyed reading about the cherished belongings of others. If you’d like to read more Cherished Blogfest posts, click here.

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39 Responses to Cherished Blogfest, Cherished Chicken

  1. That’s a pretty cute chicken. 😊

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  2. That’s a pretty cute chicken. 😊

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Thanks for sharing the chicken and the story of choosing the chicken. I think I can hear that back and forth conversation in my head. I was pretty sure that read about the painting, but I checked to make sure (I had). Thanks so much for supporting this blogfest. The chicken is beautiful.

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  4. I love that chicken!

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  5. I love this! Thank you so much for sharing.

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  6. Sammy D. says:

    I do remember your painting post, and I agree ‘cherished’ was harder than I thought. I smiled at your attempts to spare stuffed animals feelings – that’s how I felt if I picked one object. I have a few Cherisheds that will take more than 500 words. Some day😀

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    • joey says:

      I just loved your post. I mean, the way you wrote it and the art — that was so superb! I read another fantastic piece about a VW van and where books take us, and I gotta say, my chicken seems meh in comparison! lol
      I’m glad you relate to the feeling of picking one object above others. I get that it’s odd, and most people don’t personify objects, but I am how I am 😛
      I think I may write more of these types of posts as well. (in the 500+ category)

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      • Sammy D. says:

        Thank you again. I loved seeing the variety of posts for this – there seemed to be a few from male bloggers who wrote about something connected to a Father they lost when they were young. Those were quite touching and bittersweet.

        In a way, I think your dilemma spoke to something about you that you said my post was – authentic. I think we, and most bloggers, try hard to be honest and true in what we write. You had already written at least one post about a beloved object and perhaps nothing else came close – at least in your truest sense. But you worked through it until you could write an authentic post, and that speaks to your character as well as to your standards as a writer. That means a lot.

        Plus that chicken is dang cute!

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  7. Jill's Scene says:

    Pretty and useful – perfect!

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  8. If I had a chicken like that I think I’d put my wisdom teeth in it.

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  9. cardamone5 says:

    Beautiful, Joey.

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  10. hollie says:

    Hmmm I don’t have a cherished chicken… I wonder what I would use for a post like this? What a good post, glad you had Sassy’s help, she seems like a good egg!

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  11. A cherished chicken!!… I was expecting the picture of a live one 😉 I never thought of writing about cherished things…nice idea!

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  12. Benson says:

    I have 2 items that I cherish. My 1957 Lionel train set and my nutcracker collection. Well I guess they are more than just 2 individual items. They are the only things I have that extend back before 1995. The trains I gave to my twin grandsons and the nutcrackers just hang out,looking for some nuts to crack. You really turned your animals around so they wouldn’t get jealous? That is so sweet. I think.

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  13. Both, the chicken and the story connected with it are beautiful. I and my wife Sarah are in love with it. Hope I find something similar here in India. Thank you for participating.

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  14. I love that chicken! My grandmother had one just like it. Great post, and thanks for inspiring a special memory. 🙂

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  15. Like Fourth Gen Farmgirl, I have memories of a similar piece sitting on a relative’s shelf, though I’m fuzzy on details…my aunt, my dad (who loved him some antiques), my cousin, SOMEONE in my family also cherished it. Thanks for triggering the flashback.

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  16. I love that chicken too! My mum had a brown one where she used to keep the eggs. So cute 🙂

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  17. JunkChuck says:

    I’d have thought it was a butter dish–perfect for those little turkey-shaped butter statues they sell at thanksgiving.

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  18. My grandma had a brown clear glass one. 🙂 Not sure where it is now. I may have to look the next time home. 🙂

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  19. Damyanti says:

    My ‘cherished’ post was one of the hardest I’ve ever written, so I can understand the back-and -forth in your head. That’s a very cute chicken, and what a lovely story!

    Thank you for supporting the Cherished Blogfest– it is posts like this that make it fun and worthwhile.


  20. reocochran says:

    The way the beading is around the chicken makes this a special and unique antique. I used to like my grandmother’s various ‘treasures’ which my Mom had for some time. I really liked this story and how your search was done by loved ones, Joey. I like your Drew and Beauty Queen’s way of thinking and “looking out for you,” Joey!

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