Grandma’s dishes

This Easter, the big dinner was at our place, and for the first time in a long time, I pulled out Grandma’s dishes. This set is far from complete. Over the years, pieces from it have broken, but there are seven dinner plates, and this year, there were seven people eating dinner. And that worked out beautifully.

Not to mention, my mom and my aunt (Grandma’s daughters) were present, and I thought that Grandma’s dishes would be appropriate.

I asked my mother when Grandma got this set, and she said that she picked them up a few at a time. A few plates here, some saucers there. She loved the pattern, and she just enjoyed herself finding little additions to her set. Apparently, she used them all the time! And I love that! Not waiting for a special occasion to use the china.

Me? I’m so scared of breaking Grandma’s dishes, that I do only bring them out for special occasions. Maybe I should take a page from Grandma and start using them more regularly.

For my son, these are Great-grandma’s dishes, and if I can get them to survive until I have grandchildren, for my grandkids, these will be Great-great-grandma’s dishes. And that’s a neat thing to pass along! If you keep anything long enough, it becomes an heirloom.

Do you have anything passed down from your parents or grandparents that hold special memories for you?

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8 responses to “Grandma’s dishes”

  1. Angela D Jones Avatar
    Angela D Jones

    Oh I love your dishes..looks like Old Country Rose.. I say use them occasionally. I enjoy older pieces of dinnerware. I have an old creamer dish that belonged to my great grandmother. I dont use it bc it’s very fragile. My mom lost her home and all her possessions in a house fire a year ago. So I won’t have anything of hers. Makes me very sad.

    1. I think that’s what the pattern is called. These little touches from the past end up being so meaningful. I’m so sorry for your mother’s house fire. That’s so very sad.

    2. Ernestine Haggard Richardson Avatar
      Ernestine Haggard Richardson

      I love your grandmother’s dishes.I dont any of my moms pink and green pression glass dishes they disappeared over the years.I have the bracelet my dad gave my mom on her birthday and their wedding day .He was 20 and my mom 18.My dad died at the age of 60.My mom its still living at the age of 93.

      1. That’s neat that you have that bracelet! What a beautiful connection to your parents.

  2. Cheryl ButlerCh Avatar
    Cheryl ButlerCh

    Oh my, Patricia! I love this story ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’• Is the pattern on the dishes ‘Old Country Rose’? Beautiful keepsakes, for sure! ๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•
    I know you’d like to keep them safe, but maybe you could bring them out more often, like, Sunday Dinners if you do that, Birthdays, etc.๐Ÿค—๐Ÿ’•

    1. Yes, it is! And I think I will bring them out more often now! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. I have the exact same set of dishes. like you I use them sparingly. Iโ€™ve been buying a few more at a time to add to the set. They came to me with so much love , I want to pass them on and build good food memories.

    1. Building good food memories is a beautiful way of saying it! I might start adding to the set now that I know how Grandma did it!

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