Anna Learns How to Polish Silver

The family came to Grandma’s house today.

The highlight of my summer!

And Anna likes to check things out around the place. We found a tarnished, dented silver rattle of her father’s from 1976.  It was badly tarnished.

I asked her if she’d like to learn how to remove the tarnish, talked about oxidation, and how to polish silver.  We found a few old baby cups that were up high on a kitchen shelf and seemed a bit fuzzy.  We got a ramekin and she poured the baking soda in and then the littlest bit of water to make a nice paste.  I found an old washcloth to rub the metal.  We added an apron for her and she polished away.

I have lots more tarnished silver if she wants to dig in.

And here is what she said to me as she polished away…..

   “Your dad would like that I am doing this.”

and I got a lump in my throat and tears in my eyes and thought, she is exactly right.

Silver Rattle After polishing


Anna at the sink with her father’s old rattle after she polished it!  WIsh we had taken the BEFORE shot with the old iPhone first!

baby cups on a hammered aluminum tray

Baby cups on my mom’s old hammered aluminum tray, awaiting polishing.



11 thoughts on “Anna Learns How to Polish Silver

  1. She did a great job, Ruth. Better get out the rest before she tires of her new skill. If she doesn’t, I’ve got a few things she can work on. 🙂

  2. I have a lot of silver over here that needs to be polished. How much does she charge for her services?

  3. Oh fun!
    My daughters love doing stuff with their g’mas. What a blessing to have those g’ma / g’child moments! 🙂

  4. Glad you are having a good time with your family Ruth. Sorry I couldn’t stay longer to visit the other day. Thanks for lending me the books.

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