Lots of people have fancy dinnerware. Most of them never actually use it for dining, however. We’re worried that we might chip or break the plates, effectively ruining our sets for good. So we keep them stored safely away in specially made furniture called china cabinets, eternally waiting for a “special occasion.”
In this three-minute video, recorded from a speech at the National WIC conference, I challenge the definition of “special occasion.”
For more food for thought on this concept, check out the post Why It Might Be Time for a Fancy Dinner.
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My Grandmother lost everything twice in fires where her house burnt to the ground. When my Mom married my Dad my Grandma told her “Whatever you do use your good stuff, I never used the stuff I was given by my grandmother and mother and it all burnt up with the fire!” My Mom always did this and it felt so special to use the good stuff and talk about where it came from, and make memories using those items. Now I have “good things” and we use them all the time and some have been broken, but I haven’t regreted one day of using the special things because everyday is special!
Wow. What an awesome example of what I’m talking about, Kristin. I especially like your point about making real memories with these special items…it’s a much better way to honor them and appreciate them than relegating them to collect dust on some shelf somewhere! Thanks for sharing!
Way to put it in perspective!
Pamela Burdick says
I remember watching Little House on the Prairie as a kid…..and I remember Laure Ingalls saying: “Ma says special dishes are for special people, not special occassions.” A little bit cheesy….but I never forgot that! : )
LOVE that quote, Pamela! I don’t think it’s cheesy at all, but certainly filled with good perspective. Thanks for sharing!