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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