Today’s Bits and Pieces: Paper Plates on Thanksgiving

I write this paragraph because one of my friends verbalized shock when I mentioned the paper products I was using for the most the thankful holiday in America

The paper plates are out, the cups and clear plastic forks, knives and spoons are there, too. The turkey is in the oven, and all other items are warming to room temp before being popped into various crannies of the oven. I really do not care too much about the presentation anymore because they just gobble it up whatever and wherever it is placed. I used to put out the good china, silver and crystal ware. Now I can’t even find the silver, perhaps it has been lifted. The good china is placed deep in the caverns of my toy closet and I must bring over the growing grandchildren to help me clean out the toy cupboard and perhaps this will lead me to where I can tunnel into the recesses of this hideaway and retrieve the china. I wonder what it really looks like. My vague memory reveals that there is a silver band around each dish, which was to match the silver, which now for the time being remains missing and if my memory serves me as it has in the past, there are some little raised flowers all around the ring of the plates. It says Lenox in softly painted letters on the underneath side of the plates.

Do you think our heirs want the china, the silver and the crystal? No, I must tell you most of them do not. They have life styles that produce different kinds of entertaining, ones that I am adopting myself. This brings into being the question of what will happen to our china, silver and crystal? I will tell you that after considering this thought for many weeks, I have simply come up with a solution. Let us all begin to use our precious entertaining ware for everyday uses. Let us enjoy its beauty that has been locked in our drawers and cabinets for so many years. Enjoy your treasures now, because if you don’t, someone who may not be known to you will.

3 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Connie Forster
    Dec 31, 2007 @ 16:21:15

    Use your precious things, you come into this world with nothing and you go out with nothing, but when you go, the fights will start. What was not wanted today will become the big issue of tomorrow, I like the idea of paper plates and plastic cutlery, why make extra work for yourself, but sometimes it is lovely to eat off proper china, better when there are plenty of hands to clear away. Life is too short to waste on too many chores.
    And after all, at the end of the day they are just things.


  2. Suellen Phillips
    Jan 09, 2008 @ 10:08:38

    Sheila, Loved this blog! My sister has been begging me to use our china every day. Think I just may do it.


  3. sheila
    Jan 10, 2008 @ 17:42:10

    USE IT NOW. “If not now, when?”


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