When my grandmother came to live with us, we received some of her things.
One was a set of 5 milk glass plates. Apparently they sat in Grandmother’s cupboards for years without being used except on special occasions. They were the “good” plates. One of the first things my mother Clara did was serve us cookies on those plates.
Because one was cracked. According to Clara, the plate had cracked in the cupboard when it was not being used. Clara stated that she much preferred to use them, and if they got broken or chipped while in use, well they were giving joy in being used.
What was important was living in the now, and enjoying what we had while we had it. It was a lesson that I’m still learning, and using in caregiving and life.
Waiting for tomorrow that never comes or living in the past is fruitless. Today is all one has, and making the most of it will give you great memories of the past and a better future.
You know, the plates are still here, and the only one that’s damaged is the one that cracked in the cupboard.
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