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Mak­ing a break with tra­di­tion

We have a prob­lem in our house­hold that is not un­com­mon.

It seems al­most as quickly as I bring home a new set of plates, teacups or, oc­ca­sion­ally, a vase, some­thing lovely ends up bro­ken.

It has been such a reg­u­lar oc­cur­rence over the years, I don’t even show that I’m up­set, even if it was handed down from my grandmother or it was from some lim­ited-edi­tion range.

Re­ally, it’s not as though I have a house full of pre­cious things. There’s plenty of cups and plates in the cup­board that I prob­a­bly wouldn’t miss.

It just seems that the more I value them, the more likely they are to get smashed to pieces.

I know peo­ple who swear that they use all their del­i­cate and spe­cial pieces on a daily ba­sis and that ev­ery­one in the house has been taught to re­spect them.

High-end glossy mag­a­zines are lit­tered with show­case homes full of designer fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories withh small chil­dren hap­pily skip­ping about inn cou­ture cloth­ing.

I have tried to ex­plain that car­ry­ing too many things to the kitchen at once or leav­ing things in pre­car­i­ous po­si­tionss is not good prac­tice but still it hap­pens..

Per­haps I should take a leaf out of a friend’s book who, af­ter her other half broke one of her plates, she di­rected him to the next ware­house sale.

Know­ing that re­plac­ing the plate at full cost would be a bit pricey, he thought this was a great so­lu­tion and, mid-morn­ing on the day of the week­endd sale, made his way to the ware­house.

To his ab­so­lute hor­ror, the queue went out the door and around the corner of the large build­ing.

Ap­par­ently this was not how he wanted to spend his Satur­day and he of­fered to buy the plate at full price.

No doubt he will take more care with it in fu­ture too.

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