Originally Posted by Denvergirlie
As for using china, we already do use china as everyday pieces but they all came from the thrift store and it's all mixed and matched. If a piece breaks, I toss it and don't get teary eyed.
This is the thing that bugs me most with this set. Before my Grandmother passed away 5 years ago at the age of 73 (she could of lived longer if she didn't smoke
), the set was intact. Each move the set was carefully wrapped up and the boxes moved with care. Each time pieces have gotten damaged, and I feel like crap (I love her, but my Grandmother use to become very abusive if anything broke or spilled in her house, and that fear still hits me sometimes). I also used to use them, and a couple plates have gotten stained in the process. More heartache
. The likelyhood of us staying in Michigan is pretty slim. These things are super fragile. I don't think I can handle seeing any more pieces broken.
As for preserving my Grandmother's memory, I have plenty of gorgous photos of her and my Grandpa, and a lovely old sewing machine that I plan on learning how to use. I remember her pulling that machine out and using it (she always was smiling when she used that machine). The plates, she bought them because they are pretty, and back then when you got married buying china is what you were traditionally suppose to do. Growing up in her house, I never saw her use them once. To me, the plates are not my Grandmother, and I am tired of beating myself up over them. They don't bring me joy, they serve me a heaping plate of guilt. As for passing them down, I have a son (and currently not planing on having any more little ones), and a step daughter who is already slotted to get stuff like china from her Mom's side of the family.
|Why don't you keep one piece - like a serving dish or a teacup that you can use and remember your granny?
I was thinking about keeping a teacup and saucer. I may just do that.
I think am going to offer the set to my Aunt to see if she wants them (I have no idea where she is going to put them though). She won't give me as hard of a time as the rest of my family.