Oprah now says itís better to set a table with different place settings.
Every special dinner every guest would know just whoís dish they were using and were politely told how delicate these dishes could be so be careful! (At this point I would slide under the table in embarrassment) As they grew they began to realize the value in those colored dishes and a new joke era began. One of the kids would yell at the other not to scratch their plate, donít cut your meat like that because that plate belongs to me; oh if itís your plate then I can drop it; put ice in that pitcher because itís his and so on. I got them good one year as we were having a large gathering, making sure everything was absolutely perfect with the glass, large elegant candlesticks, silver polished and cleaning for weeks. The kids were going on how strangers would scratch their dishes and ruin them. When dinner was announced everyone came to the table going on about how beautiful it was, ďOh thatís Depression Glass I didnít know there was so much still aroundĒ, then sat down and politely looked at each other. My children however started rolling off their chairs as I had set the table with all my beautiful glass and plastic utensils! After the Shrimp I let them use real utensils but the memory is laughed about every gathering we have!
My personal favorite was one year for my anniversary my husband bought all 16 of the tall Cherry Blossom tumblers, which are quite expensive. The new rule was when we do cheers no banging the glasses as hard as they usually did, which was actually trying to see if they could shatter them. Well they secretly made a pact and when we did cheers they all put their hands between the glasses so this has become our new way to toast!
Iím proud to say, together as a family, we now have a service for 8 in both pink and green Cherry Blossom, as well as the Open Lace. I still need to fill in a few of the more expensive, hard to find pieces, but for the most part itís all there. In 2008 I was blessed to fall into the only pink Cherry Blossom Covered Casserole that exists! A green one was found a few years back but this is the first in pink! My kids all rushed to see it and we cleared a special shelf just for it. Not only for its rarity but so that nothing could fall on it! I have it lighted and the kids are already joking they are going to hook up music so when I open the door it plays the ďAlleluiaĒ Chorus! The two with the other collections are complaining that throws off the equality, heís getting more! The jokes continue!
I hear so many people tell me their children want no part of their collections. When asked do