Friday, November 28, 2008

Mom's "Good" Dishes

Every Mom has a set right? I am the proud owner of my Mom's old "good" dishes. Dishes that she worked very hard to get so many years ago. Now, every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas, we use these old "good" dishes at my home. Mom gave them to me when she got new "good" dishes. The kids often ask the question - "where did they come from?" and comment on how pretty they are. I am very proud to tell them that they were painstakingly collected, piece by piece, week after week, at the local grocery till the set was complete - making sure not to miss an item, plates, cups, saucers, dessert plates, platters... you get the idea. These dishes mean a lot to me - they somehow signify the will of a woman who maybe couldn't get a new full "SET" of dishes but could certainly afford a few bucks a week to collect them. But can you imagine the time it took? THAT means something. But, these dishes mostly remind me of family holidays, all of us kids around the table and years later coming back with our own families, gathering around the same table and using the same "good dishes". Now, my kids will remember the story and recall holidays around the table using them and watching out for the plate that has a chip on the bottom, being careful not to use the cup that has the crack and the question that's asked every year... "What happened to the gravy boat?"

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving Day.


~*~Patty Szymkowicz said...

Really enjoyed reading about your Mom's dishes! I Love china and have run out of room to collect any more :) BTW, I really like your Blog Zone Free sign on your sidebar!

crooked heart art~tabby said...

hi cindy
how nice to have your moms china and the memories that come with it!
i agree with patty great 'tag free zone' button :)
i can't stand being tagged it was fun for a bit then after getting tagged soooo many times just don't want to do it anymore
enjoy your day
waitin on SNOW!!!

Judith Richards Shubert said...

What a wonderful story! I know you cherish those dishes and all the memories you share with your children about your mother and how she collected them, piece by piece. Thanks for sharing them with us, too!

Thanks for becoming a follower of my blog, Cindy.

Judy Richards Shubert

Terri said...

I enjoyed reading about your dishes - I have both of my grandmothers dishes. One was a gift to my grandmother from my mother back in the 1940's the other was collected like your's piece by piece from the Fuller Brush Man. I'm not sure there are any Fuller Brush Men any more...