Candles I Have Owned and Loved
When is the right time to light them?
I guess I am not the only one to have a stash of pretty candles at the back of a cupboard. Occasionally, I take them out and hold them, feeling their smooth aesthetic shapes and smell their distinctive aromas. But when is the right time to light them?
They all hold special memories.
How can there be a right time to light the candle that commemorates our wedding? It is delicately decorated with an inscription . What a day that was! We married in the amazing mansion at Port Lympne in Kent. Following the ceremony, we all piled into a trailer and took a trip around the zoo. It was very cold, but I don’t think anyone minded except the animals who remained steadfastly inside their houses. Nearly twenty years ago now and the candle still sits on a shelf.
Then there is the distinctive candle with a swirly pattern that came from Swaziland (now Eswatini).I lived there for the best part of two years in the early 1980’s. There has never been a time that seemed right to take a match to that particular candle.
A beautiful pyramidal orange scented candle from 2009 is still in its wrapper. That one came from the Christmas market in Cologne which we visited on a memorable short trip. Every time I look at it I remember the biting cold sunny weather and the cheerful market traders in their wooden cabins. The smell of gluhwein and pancakes. The strings of coloured lights and Christmas music. Angel figures among the traditional Christmas soldiers, Santa Claus and shiny tree baubles.
Did you know that every household in the Republic of Ireland was given a gift of a commemorative candle at the millennium? I wasn’t living there at the time, but I saw the one my mother received. She proudly displayed it on her window sill. I am sure if I had one, I wouldn’t have lit it either.
I read a story by Toni Crowe
She talks about how she was influenced by Erma Bombeck, a wonderfully grounded funny writer. One of the quotes Toni chose is what stimulated me to think about my candles.
“I would have burnt the pink candle that was sculptured like a rose before it melted while being stored.”
None of my candles have melted yet.
It doesn’t get that hot in Scotland.
So when will it be the right time to light them?