When I first married in 1975 most couples registered at a department store for formal china, silver and crystal. The simple look of a silver band around a cream background of Lenox’s Solitaire appealed to me then and still does. Since I was preparing to be a “preacher’s wife” my mother insisted that I needed 12 place settings and by golly that’s what I got. Fancy dinners with church members and deacons were in my future.
The Solitaire lasted longer than the marriage and I carted it around with me for over 30 years. Even when I was single I’d unpack it in every apartment and use it for dinner parties. All twelve place settings. And it became the china that Bill and I used for Christmas, Thanksgiving and the like. I just loved it.
Shortly before Emily and Jeff were married I used the china for a meal when they were visiting. In the back of my mind I’d been thinking of giving it to them, but truthfully I was having a very hard time letting it go. But I mustered the courage to ask if they might like it and the answer was an unequivocal Yes! I packed it up and the day after their wedding they loaded it into their car and took it to DC.
Bill and I had Thanksgiving dinner with them this year and there was my china, looking ever-so-beautiful in its new home. I sort of like the idea that it started out Baptist and converted to Judaism.
Of course I still have the
Waterford crystal and Gorham sterling…