Laura and I were chatting one morning and I’m not sure what brought it up. We were talking about getting rid of things. Both Paul and Steve have a hard time with that. I told her I had a hard time getting rid of “some things” but they have to really have a special memory for me to hang on to them. I told her I still had Jason’s braces and all the boys teeth to which Laura responded “that’s gross.” I said “yes, I know.” But I still have them.
One thing led to the other and I mentioned that I had my great grandmothers China and have no idea what to do with it. She used it and it’s not very nice looking. It’s chipped and has lines in it and to put it bluntly, it’s ugly and it’s been sitting in the same box I got it in on the floor in the closet. I’ve never once used them nor can I part with them. How dumb is that? I think what keeps me hanging on to them is that it thrilled my grandma to give me her mothers dishes. I do remember my Grandma Moore but not very clearly and for some reason, there those dishes sit. I also think I don’t really like them more is because I don’t remember them. Now if it were my grandma’s and I remembered eating on them and had memories of them it would be different but I could have picked these up at any swap meet.
Laura then mentioned her “china” she got when her and Steve got married or she has her in laws or something and what a big deal picking out china patterns was back then. She never uses hers and I never use mine but it was so traditional to pick out fancy la-di-da china and fancy drinking glasses and crystal. It was one of the first things people asked you after you got engaged. Have you picked out your dishes yet? I got stoneware because I’m just not the china type but I never use those dishes.
Do people do this anymore? I know when I “picked mine” they were really expensive. They were $30 something for a place setting and that was a lot then and I also got really nice glasses that matched but stupid me, I got blue and they’ve never matched any other set of dishes or I would use those.
I know now it’s really big to take those scanner things in stores and scan everything you want from fishing gear to toilet paper and people go by that when you get married or have a child but do people still pick out “special” dishes, glasses and silver?
Do you have any family heirlooms? If you didn’t want them and know nobody ever would, what would you do with them?