Right about now I imagine there are many of us playing around with china. Most likely getting it ready to grace the Thanksgiving table.
Perhaps it only comes out for the holidays or maybe it is a part of the weekly Sunday dinner ritual.
In many cases it may have been passed down through the generations serving up a heaping helping of treasured memories along with the turkey and mashed potatoes.
My own china playing hasn't been to prepare for Thanksgiving as I am not hosting the holiday this year.
Instead it is the result of helping my in-laws downsize in preparation for their upcoming move into assisted living.
My mother-in-law offered it to me and although I have the china I received as a wedding gift, it was hard to turn down such a beautiful set of dishes. Not to mention it looks like it was made to match my dining room. So, I've been re-arranging every cupboard in my kitchen to make room for them.
As I was unpacking each piece I felt thankful for receiving this generous gift, but also a bit sad. Remembering back to the day my mother-in-law purchased this set of china to coordinate with the home they had just built. Although that was probably over 20 years ago now she maybe used the china once or twice. You see she is the type of person who was afraid that it would get broken if it were used so for all of this time it has been tucked into the china cabinet, each piece individually wrapped in the plastic bags they originally came in. I realize we are all different and it's really none of my business what anybody else does with their china, but to me by now if the china could talk it should have lots of stories to tell. Happy memory making, heartwarming, family times together, celebratory, holiday merrymaking stories. Oh the potential for that set of china. How sad that it was saved for a special occasion... that never came.
Time passes too quickly to wait for just the right moment.
So my (unsolicited) advice to you as we prepare to celebrate our Thanksgiving holiday in America. Don't save the "good" stuff for that special day. Use it now and enjoy the here and the now. Make memories with those you care about and treasure the moments.
If your china could talk what story do you think it would have to tell?
~ Warm Wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving ~