Thursday, December 4, 2008

My Calendar Plate

My mother always uses her "good china" for special occasions -- Thanksgiving, Christmas, company dinners -- and when I was a little girl, any time the table was set with Mother's good china, I had the privilege of eating from this "special" plate. See? It's a calendar of my birth year!
I have four siblings and none of them had a "special" plate. One time I asked Mother where my plate came from and why the others didn't have one.

"Oh, it was in some stuff Grandmother had... and since you were the only grandchild born in 1965, she gave it to you."

It wasn't like Grandmother to buy such things for gifts for the grandchildren. She was much more practical than that, and besides her gifts were usually hand-made. I wonder if she received it as a gift for Christmas 1964 and when 1965 was over she "re-gifted" it to me? Or maybe it was in a box of stuff she got at an auction?

In any case, it was my "special" plate and so I got to eat off of it on special occasions. That's why the design is beginning to wear off. It's amazing to me that it has survived all these years without getting broken!

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10 comments:

TattingChic said...

That is cute that you had a "special plate". It's nice that you appreciated it, too.

Coloradolady said...

How sweet. And how wonderful you have it and it did not get broken, I agree. Usually when something is much loved and used, it does not make it through the years. It is great yours did, and what a memory.

CC said...

It's great you have such a wonderful birthday plate..how special .. Happy VTT.

Carrie said...

What a nice heirloom present from your grandma.
Thank you for visiting my nativity blog. I just wanted to let you know that i just posted about the second holiday giveaway. Here's the link:
http://carolanativitygallery.blogspot.com/2008/12/second-holiday-giveaway.html
Carrie

Melissa Wertz said...

What a fun gift and memory!

Miri said...

What a lovely story-its a great plate and family treasure.

Dori said...

would it make feel bad if I told you I always felt left out when you got to use your plate and I didn't have one? Well...it didn't make me feel left out so don't feel bad! I'm glad you have it now

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Truly a very special vintage keepsake! I so enjoy hearing about treasures with a story behind them!
Enjoyed!
Blessings to you!
Claudia O.

Elizabeth said...

That plate is so cool, and a great story to go with it. Thanks for sharing.
I'm having a giveaway through Monday night, so stop on by!

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