Sunday, November 29, 2009

Use it or Lose it!


Do you have handed down tablecloths that are so precious that they have remained in the dark for generations?
A hand embroidered napkin with a razor sharp 
crease that will never see the light of day?
Whiter than white pressed runner 
not given a chance to run?

Take your good linens out,
as above,
these cherished heirlooms 
should be enjoyed and loved.
My mother kept all her linens packaged safely away,
waiting for a 'special occasion'
afraid one of her six kids would spill something on them and 'ruin' them.
One of the saddest things about clearing out their house
after they passed away, my mom at 69 my dad at 73, 
was that that 'special occasion'
never came.
Those treasured linens remained in drawers
 or in boxes 
never to hear the laughter of a joke well told, 
the clink of champagne glasses,
the here-here to an exceptional toast...
Never had a spot of tea.
Never a taste of cranberry dressing.
How sad.

I now use all my cherished items, 
whenever the opportunity arises.
Why Wait? 
Not to sound morose 
Today could just be the last day of your life,
not the first.

plus most stains come out
 with a little salt and club soda anyway!


Lee the Hot Flash Queen said...

Great post and so true!!

Irene ~ RE~VINTAGED said...

I agree!!
I find and sell a great deal of vintage linen and when I come accross the 'as new' items I feel sorry they have not been enjoyed the way they were meant to but also rejoice in those that have some history. And so much of it is exquisite hand worked linens. The time it took should be reason enough to use it.
Good post!!
Thank you :)

kys said...

I agree with you. What's the use to have nice things packed away?

Purple Flowers said...

How very true. We're so afraid of something being "ruined" that we keep it in the closet, never to see the light of day. If spots and wine stains could only speak, they'd talk of good times and laughter.

Gaston Studio said...

So true! I had a grandmother and a great aunt like that, who never had the chance to enjoy their precious booty. Drag it out and use it now, while everyone's breathing!

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Easy and Elegant Life said...

Let me sing the praises of Oxyclean when dealing with red wine stains

pavlova said...

My policy indeed! I have broken many a "good" wineglass; red wine and other delectables have stained my linens; a piece have silver may have been thrown in the trash....nevertheless...I USE everything with nary a worry.

Chrissy said...

Love this post,and how true it is,lifes too short not to use and enjoy what you have.....oopps,just asked my dh not to use the crisp white towel in the bathroom....oh well!! All the best,Chrissy

FrenchGardenHouse said...

Amen!! You are so very right, use those beautiful pieces, and enjoy them. Not just for special occasions. I use everything, granted the very very special linens I use for holidays and birthdays etc., but we DO enjoy them. Thanks so much for visiting me today. xo Lidy

RNSANE said...

I have to agree with you, Abby. This Thanksgiving, we went to my son and daughter-in-law's ( to be ) - they marry May 7th, 2010. They purchased their first home in West Sacramento this past April and wanted to host Thanksgiving in their new home.

I had gone up last week and offered her a choice of my Noritake china - used for almost forty years but a huge set and so beautiful - or my mother's. She had not even planned to have "real" china but she was thrilled to "inherit" mine. I also offered her my sterling or my mother's and she took my mother's. Laura had not planned on sterling. My mother used hers everyday and it glows. The Thanksgiving table was resplendent with the china and silver and I was so happy to hand it down to my son and his lovely lady. When I was packing up the china, I felt a big nostalgic, reminiscing about all the wonderful dinner parties I'd hosted over forty years.

I also have some lovely linens but they don't fit their table!

Johnthebarman said...

A pleasure to read.

The girl with the flour in her hair said...

Great post...makes you think, doesn't it? It's silly to wait for a "special occasion". You might get hit by a bus tomorrow...just sayin'...


Delena said...

So right you are. I used to have the mind set of "saving " things. As I am getting older I use all my best china daily. I've broken a few bowls but nothing last forever and especially your time on earth. When you think of it why in the world we would save stuff for special occasions when it is a good as it gets right now.

Johnthebarman said...

I especialy like the end of Delena's comment.
Right now is as good as we make it.