Thursday, August 16, 2012

Plastic, please

Yes, I usually ask for plastic bags at the grocery store so I can recycle them and imagine them turning into a lovely park bench.  But that's not what I'm talking about here.

Last September, Kent won a cake stand and other cake accessories at a Corporate Alliance auction.  It was all so cute that I immediately hid the stand, forks, and candles in an almost-never-touched cupboard in our furnace room.  You see, nice things don't last long in our household.

For example, I was hesitant a few years ago when my parents offered to go in on the cost of some new couches for us.  They thought the faded, stained leather sectional with the baggy cushions and unraveling stitching needed to be replaced.  I agreed; but I feared for the new furniture.  Would it be able to withstand my children's childhoods without also quickly becoming faded, stained, and worn out before its time?  I didn't think so.  I was right.  (But it's still nice to have comfortable couches, and the microfiber does withstand the stains better.)

Today I hosted a birthday lunch for a friend of mine.  (Happy 30-something Diana!)  I used the gift card that also came in the auction to buy a darling cake, and decided the cake accessories should make an appearance.  The children would be gone, so the glass cake stand had a higher chance of survival.

It's just too bad that I put it "away" in the kitchen instead of the furnace room.  The kids came home.

I handled #2's unsolicited confession quite well.  Probably because I knew the stand was doomed the moment I brought it home eleven months ago.

The icing on the cake, so to speak, was #1's accident while moving dishes into the sink an hour later.

Notice the missing spout.  This pitcher is was the only nice beverage container I own(ed).  I loved it's simple yet elegant lines.  It lasted 19.5 months because I kept it hidden in another out-of-reach cupboard.  It now resides in the garbage can.

So much for nice stuff...for now.  The reason for this post is not to complain--after all, I'm thankful to have kids around, even if they ruin my stuff--but rather, to make a record for future use.  In the next decade,  when #1 and #2 are opening their wedding gifts, I'll just confiscate everything glass.  This way they won't even have to think about taking care of nice things while also taking care of their future children.  It's for their own good, as well as the good of my future grandchildren.

And when you get a wedding announcement from one of my kids--many years in the future--just remember that "they" want a cake stand and a pitcher.  I'll even send you a thank you card.  Oh, and you can wrap something from Tupperware for them, too.


mindy said...

Oh, that makes me sad. And I'm sooooo sorry about the pitcher! I feel terrible! I wish I would have just brought one of my boring plastic ones, and your lovely one could have stayed safely in the cabinet. :o(

I have shed a lot of tears over favorite dishes of mine that have been broken by my children. I am getting a tiny bit better at viewing those kinds of things as having a "natural" lifespan, which just doesn't happen to be very long in a house with children, but I still cry about some of them.

Mary said...

Mindy, the pitcher was not your fault. I'm glad we could use it for the lunch, because that's the type of thing it's meant for. It's just glass.

I do like your approach in having an eclectic collection of dinnerware. Then losing a piece doesn't matter as much.

Min said...

You gave me one more reason to appreciate not having kids. (Though I'd probably rather have kids than a pitcher or cake stand . . . probably.)

I've noted your requests regard future wedding gift giving (brilliant idea!)

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Jenni said...

unfortunately I am the biggest glass-breaking offender in our home. I have a feeling plastic will be our only future...