Saturday, September 15, 2007

a learning curve

A few weeks ago I was invited to go to a friendship dinner. The lady that invited me is Nikkis mission's trip leader. I have been looking forward to this day for a long time.

So last night I did my hair and got dressed up and I headed out the door. I was sitting at the table with Deb.....the lady that invited me....and I asked her where she got her dishes from. Deb told me that they were her mothers dishes.

These dishes were so awesome. I really loved the tea cups. I have wanted a nice old fashioned tea service for a long time. I was so jealous.

Then I ran into another lady and her son goes on the mission trips with Nikki. We got to talking and it turns out that she is a house rat as well. She is having some issues with her teenage son. Hmmm she is sounding more and more like me. ( I am not having any issues with teens right now) We are going to start going to Thursday morning coffee and women's get together. We both need to get out more.

I had such a nice evening out! On the drive home I got to thinking about china. I have NEVER owned a set of china. My dream china would be turquoise with pink flowers and dragonflies.

Last year when I was back in Illinois my mom asked me if I would like one of hr three sets of china. I told her to give each of the girls a set of china when they got married.

Rusty has his grandfathers china. A few years ago I actually unpacked it and used it for Christmas dinner. Then I packed it back up and it has not been seen since.

I got to thinking about Rusty's china. The girls think it is ugly and Ryan will never have a use for it. I do not even have the china in our china cabinet. I packed the china away so that nothing would happen toit.

I have since changed my mind. I am going to unpack the china and put it in the china cabinet. I am going to use the tea cups and if they break oh well.

I still cannot figure out why I have packed it away? No one will get it when Rusty and I die, so we are going to use it and abuse it while we are still alive. If we break every single plate then oh well. If we get a big earth quake and it all breaks then oh well.

I learned so much from people not saying anything to me. China is meant to be used and not stored away. Other moms are like me and sometimes we need to get out.

When I walked in the house all of the marines just looked at me. One of them finally asked me if I would please go change me clothes. It seems that I made them feel uncomfortable because I was not wearing Rusty's old shorts and his unit t shirts. You know I do actually clean up very well!

Well it is time for bed. It seems that I will once again be going to bed alone. Rusty is once again out with his friends.

Michele I will interview you. Give me a few days to think of some more good questions! LOL


lisa41076 said...

Kelli, sounds like a good day, enjoy your Sunday, Hugs Lisa

plieck30 said...

My husband sent me a 12 place setting of china from Japan when he was stationed there. It has white background with orchids. I have never seen another set like it. I did use it for a while, cracked some, broke some and finally divided it up for my daughters. In the 50's china was cheap in Japan and I mean its real china. I can put my hand behind it and see my hand. It cost him more to send it home almost then it did to buy it. I doubt things are the same there now. Paula

lifes2odd said...

Life is short -- use the china :-)

hugsdoodlewacky said...

(((((((((((((((((HUGSTOYOU)))))))))))))))I think my Mom has told me that saying before about the China plates,they arent suspsoed t be used.LOL.Glad you aer using the,.Thats funny the Marines told you to go change.Have a nice dya.

mpnaz58 said...

You said it...china is meant to be are saving it for what??  A special occasion?  Every day is special.  Kudos to you for getting out of the house, for a special evening with women!  Sometimes we just need that fellowship.  Take care..
xoxo ~Myra

glensfork4 said...

We only have what China was my MIL's and I don't like it. We packed it away for our daughter. I have mixed matched plates....

Sounds like you had a nice time....and yes, us mom's do need a break once in awhile.


helmswondermom said...

I think you've made a good decision to use the china.  You'll get a lot of pleasure out of having it displayed and then using it sometimes.

rdautumnsage said...

Wonderful lessons of the heart hon! Life is meant to be enjoyed. I hate when people say they are saving up for a rainy day, retirement, leaving a legacy for their children. To me it says, they don't think they are worth the effort or luxury of something nice and delicate, or time for enjoyment. I have a set of expensive stoneware dishes. They no longer make this particuliar set anymore. I use them for ordinary meals of hamburger and fries. Last year one of the cups of the set broke at the time I was upset knowing I could never find another match. Today another split on the bottom and started leaking all over. I rinsed it out and put it aside to use as a nice pot for a summer planting. Meanwhile I have gathered small pieces of different stoneware here and there. It's a wonderful hodgepodge of things I enjoy looking at. Why? Because the little things in life are worth enjoying now instead of someday. Take Rusty's china out and enjoy the beauty of ordinary days in splendor. (Hugs) Indigo

loverobin32 said...

I am sitting here reading your journal and I hear an alert on AOL. I look and see you have left me comments...this has happen 2 times now that I would be on yours and you on mine...LOL! The China...I say use it! As far the Marines asking you to change, see that tells you that you do need your time out more...Sounds like you had a good womans night out...Hugggs,Robin

sunnyside46 said...

The thought about china being meant to be used is a metaphor for life.Feelings are meant to be used, too. You are a wise woman.

seraphoflove9001 said...

I'm so glad to hear that you got out! And it really sounded like fun too. :o) I don't have china either and would love to have a set! :o) You have a great day!

gehi6 said...

I think this beautiful colored but huge graphic is causing your line length problem  If you take it out things will probably go back to normal.  I did not get any sleep last night to speak off so am unable to read long lines.   Gerry