I'm not sure if it's the same in all houses that have small children. I have a large amount of pretty dishes. They fill the small china cabinet, the cupboard above my fridge, there are a few more stashed up above the stove, and I'm pretty sure that I have a bin or two in the basement, still packed away from the last few times we've moved.
These dishes stay in their cosy little cupboards. The only time that they come out is if we are expecting some really special company. To be honest, we don't have company often. Not because we wouldn't welcome it- more because we have a bit of a crazy life, and many of our friends haven't had children (yet), and of course, there is the whole special needs parenting that seems to frighten people away.
About a year ago, I found a tiny china tea set at Value Village. I snatched it up, thinking I would put it away for Daisy. I spent a whole five dollars, and as it turns out, it was probably the best five dollars I have spent in a very long time. She uses it daily, spilling water all over the floor, and frequently forcing her brothers to have tea parties. They are usually good sports about it, which makes me very happy.
|I did not teach her the pinky thing!|
In an attempt to lift her spirits, I suggested that we have a tea party. And I am so glad that I did! I went to get the little tea set and it suddenly dawned on me- why play pretend when we can have an actual tea party? You see, my china set was given to me by my Grandmother, who received it as a wedding gift. My Grandmother gave it to me when I was married. She passed away a few years ago, and while the china was always very special to me, it means even more now. I keep it tucked away in the cupboard because I am afraid that it will get broken. But when I think about my Grandmother, and just how much she LOVED my kids (and me) that little voice in my head that says "Be careful with this!" is suddenly quiet, and replaced with the sound of my Grandmother laughing as she watched my kids toddle around the backyard. She would have never suggested that I keep things like that up in the cupboard.
|Getting bigger every day|
We sat at the dining room table for well over an hour, sipping tea and nibbling on some fancy party leftovers. We told each other stories, and laughed at silly jokes. It was, in short, one of the best mornings ever.
So now, on Sunday mornings, I will not hesitate. We will dress in our best. And we will come to the table for tea- served with Great Grandma Lily's china. We will tell stories. We will learn about each other- and about those who came before us.
Why? Because Nana would be pleased to see her china put to such a good use.
Thanks for stopping by! Do you have china packed away in your cupboard? I can't be the only one, can I? What do you like to use it for? Don't be afraid to leave me a note down below in the comments section!