Well, I commented to her that, with the coming holidays, I finally would get to use my "good" dishes "at last!" She smiled and generously shared with me some sage advice from her grandmother:
"Use your special dishes. All the time. For your family," she said. "Otherwise, you'll wait and wait for the 'perfect' occasion to use them. Meanwhile they'll sit and collect dust and mean nothing to anyone, because hardly anyone has ever seen them!
"Use your special dishes," she said. "All the time. For your family. Because there's no one more special than your family!"
Voila! Of course!
With how many things do we do this in our lives? We wait and wait and wait for that magical MOMENT to arrive. That something special. Something significant. Something celebratory! Something momentous!!! Meanwhile, we sigh deeply and gaze off into the distance, overlooking the miraculous blessings of moments and times that are happening right beneath our noses.
(....and sometimes we are even wiping their noses.)
So, even though it isn't yet "the holiday season," I'm unearthing a few of my favorite pieces of china, a few serving utensils, a few centerpieces. Things I had packed away with no intention of using until my youngest child
Ugh. How sad. How awful!
Today, I am practicing "use it or lose it."
If we can use it (even gently), it stays.
If it's just taking up drawer space for the sake of distant admiration, it goes.
It ain't easy, this purging of things. So often, "special" things are made so because of special memories. But, what better way to honor special memories than to share them and make cherished new ones with the people you love!
So go ahead and put Great Aunt Myra's candy dish out on the table after dinner tonight. If your children are little, teach them the value of handling things gently, passing at table, and taking good care of what God has given them. They might just surprise you (and even thereby make your next museum visit a little less harrowing!).
Enjoy and share your "good things" with the people you love.
May your forthcoming holidays be merry and bright!