When I was a little girl, my mother had two sets of dishes: the “everyday” dishes” and the “good” ones. The everyday dishes were, of course, the ones we used for meals every day. The “good” set only came out for holidays and special occasions. She had a set of “good” glassware too. They only made an appearance when the “good” dishes were being used. I never understood why that was. The good dishes were much prettier and nicer than the “everyday” ones. Why didn’t we use them all the time? What were we saving them for? Didn’t we deserve to eat off of the good stuff?
My mother had special guest soaps in the bathroom too. They were shaped like little flowers and they smelled wonderful. But, we weren’t allowed to use them either. Mom said they were “just for show”. We used bars of Ivory or Camay. I didn’t get that either. Why shouldn’t we use those pretty and yummy smelling soaps for “everyday”?
Our house was full of things that were only for company or “just for show”. I remember telling myself then that, when I grew up and had a home of my own, I’d always use the good china and fancy soaps – every day. But, I guess the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, because I often find myself doing the same darn thing! I have to constantly remind myself that my family is the most important thing in the world. They deserve the good stuff – every day! read more >>