A True Tale of Serendipity and Thrift

Once upon a time, two fairly simple people got married, intending to live out in the country, which they did.

One of their wedding gifts, given to them by one of the husband’s sisters, was a glass cocktail shaker with a silver top and four tiny cut-glass cups.

The wife put the shaker in a cabinet and forgot about it, and used the cups to hold small amounts of ingredients for cooking or small amounts of sauces for dipping or tiny bouquets of wildflowers gathered by the couple’s children.

So, thirty years passed.

One day, the husband said, “The juice I mix in this plastic pitcher always settles. What I need is a pitcher I can shake.”


Don’t you just love a happy ending?

WRITING PROMPT: Write about a forgotten wedding present that comes in handy in an unintended way. Yes, I’ve seen CASTAWAY. ~grin~



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “A True Tale of Serendipity and Thrift

  1. T. Lee Harris

    January 5, 2012 at 11:30am

    I also use a cocktail shaker to mix cornstarch and liquid for sauces and the like. Re-purposing FTW!

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  2. Nicholle Olores

    January 12, 2012 at 9:14pm

    What a great lovely story. Using shaker mix for re-purposing is great and we probably use it too. Continue be happy Marian! 🙂

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  3. Dean Diaz

    February 7, 2012 at 12:11am

    I was inspired by this story, and reminds of that “even things are simple and little in form they still have their own value and purpose”.

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  4. Dean Diaz

    February 8, 2012 at 10:17pm

    Thanks for always welcoming me, Honestly speaking I’m glad I found this site that contains useful information and tips I learned and inspired by lots of things. 🙂 I would surely check regular updates with you ma’am Marian 🙂

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