We have a black cast iron frying pan that was once owned by my husband's great-grandfather.
And he is sure it goes back farther than him, but there is no way of tracing all of its history.
He remembers as a young child having many meals served from that pan.
And it was as smooth then as it is now after I have been using it for almost thirty years.
Other than the grill outside, there is nothing that cooks meat any tastier than that pan.
I have tried many others, but none ever measure up to old faithful.
We have never had any iron deficiencies in our diets, even during both of my pregnancies.
I am sure that pan had a lot to do with that.
When my daughter moved into her own home, she was so happy when she called to let me know she found pan like ours at the second hand store.
She loves her pan too.
So, my son now thinks it's a given that "Da's" pan will become his someday.
It will, but he will have to wait in line - I'll make sure he gets it only when I run across a smaller one that will be perfect for just two people.
But I think it is going to take a while.