Quite some time ago, I read an article in a magazine (before you could find everything you want to read online). Unfortunately, I have no ideas what the magazine was or who wrote the article. The author wrote about the passing of her mother, and finding “the good dishes” in one of her mother’s cupboards. The author of the article thought it was a real tragedy that she could only remember ever using the dishes on one or two occasions. The article really stuck with me. When I moved out of my parents’ house, my mother gave me my grandmother’s “good dishes”. I used them every day. I’m so glad that I did. Some of the most disappointing things that I lost in the Camp Fire were things that I was “saving”. Gifts that I had squirreled away to give loved ones at a future date, toys that I planned to give to the children “when they were older”, etc…, etc….
Let me tell you, I feel good about using those “good dishes”!
After the Camp Fire, we were very blessed by the generosity of strangers, and someone gave us a huge set of Desert Rose Franciscan-ware China. As it turns out, it is the very same China that my husband’s grandmother had.
We finally got it out for my mom’s birthday celebration which was a week late but never mind the belatedness because we used “the good dishes”. I’m happy to report that I only broke one dessert plate by dropping it in the sink. Unfortunately, Franciscan-ware is extremely fragile and not dishwasher safe which means my clumsiness is likely to break a few pieces here and there. We used the “good dishes” again for my daughter’s 8th birthday, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Due to the fragility, they aren’t everyday dishes but I hope to get them out as often as requested by my kids or whenever we feel fancy. I want the kids to have memories of using the dishes while they were growing up. Our homeschool lifestyle is all about making meaningful memories!
How about you friends? Are you saving anything for the “right” time? Maybe the “right” time is sooner than you think! Maybe the “right” time is right now! We hope this post inspires you to get out those “good dishes” for dinner tonight and make some memories!