This may look like an ordinary casserole dish to you, but it is more than that to me.
This is The Dish that I remember Mom finishing one of my favorite dishes when I was a kid – ham, mac and cheese. As I remember, Mom used just your normal mac and cheese, then added a ham steak cut into cubes. She would combine them and bake them until there were bubbly good.
This dish is permanently seasoned, missing the lid, has some spider cracking inside and a bit discolored. This ordinary dish was the one thing I needed to find when retrieving family mementos from Mom’s home recently. With a house full of what had been a life, this was the most important thing to me.
Sadly, I now have Mom's casserole dish, but lovingly cherish The Dish. Forever.