It’s been forever and a day since you have heard from me. I guess I have been a bit busy as I am sure you all have been too. It’s been such a hard time with this Covid situation which feels like will never end.
I want to share a fun story with you. I inherited a china cabinet from my grandmother which also included a tea set that she had. I honestly don’t know if she ever used it. I had the tea set in this china cabinet for many years and never ever used it. I actually thought “it might be lovely for a baby or a wedding shower someday but……. realistically, what would really happen? Likely, a punch bowl that comes with mugs or paper cups and paper plates (I know right?)
My mom always said to me that this set was going to be worth money some day (which of course it likely won’t be – gold rimmed dishes and all) and that I could never give it away. It felt like pressure to me because I didn’t really want to keep something I wasn’t using. So…..I packed away the dishes. My mom had not been to my house for many years because my dad was ill and we couldn’t leave him alone. My dad passed away on Feb 01 of this year after being ill with many medical issues. So really a bittersweet time for us all.
My 91 year old mom, now on her own, said she wanted to come over to my house as she couldn’t really remember where I lived. She has early stage dementia so having difficulty with her short term memory. I just imagined my mom coming into my home and going straight for the china cabinet looking for these dishes (which have been packed away and luckily I did keep them).
I decided (at the last minute) to dig them out from the box, wash them and have them ready for lunch with my mom. I started by pouring us some coffee into the little tea cups. My mom said they were perfect, exactly what she likes. It was a beautiful day so we were able to go into the backyard to have our lunch. Eventually, I said to my mom, “do you remember these dishes?” She said yes, she thought they looked familiar” I told her they were Grandma’s Dishes. She said “I thought so and I am so glad you have them, because you use them. I said no, I just got them out for you”. I know my mom appreciated it so much and I am so happy that I did not get rid of them. Some things are definitely worth keeping.
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