My mother always had special dishes. They were the ones reserved for holidays or extra important events. To be quite honest I only remember using them once or twice and then hearing my mom and grandmother complain because they had to be handwashed. In my own home, I just have plates. Basic, white plates and everything looks great on them. Am I missing out by not having special occasion plates? I've always thought about dishware in this manner: There isn't anything I love enough to have for a lifetime — at least not yet anyway. Since I've moved many times it was never really an option; I didn't want to store or pack it. Now that I have my own house, I have other things to spend my money on, like plumbing repairs and other bills.
So for me, in my own life, having that special set has never really seemed important. Maybe I will someday and each time I take them out of the china cabinet I don't yet own, I'll be reminded of all the family memories made around the table eating off those plates. Or maybe I'll just keep a scrapbook instead; it's probably cheaper and I won't have to wash it.
What are your thoughts? Do you have a special set of dishware? If you don't did your family or relatives have such a thing? Share your thoughts in the comments below!
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