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.