My parents gave us a set of stoneware dishes for a wedding gift. My mom had used her grocery store points to buy me the entire 12-piece set. She bought a lot of groceries since there were seven of us. That set was/is perfect. Not too fancy, plenty sturdy and bought with love and anticipation. Some of the plates and bowls have broken since, so we've replaced them with plain, white dishes found at discount stores. I was given a set of china by a great Aunt several years after we were married and I do use that for special occasions, but if I hadn't been given any I don't think I'd have any today.
As far as towels go, we were given a small set of light blue bath towels and a set of peach ones as wedding gifts. Those are our company towels and, yes, they are 14 years old. Our every day towels followed us from home or were picked up at Kmart years ago. They're fraying and tearing, but they're still absorbent and isn't that the point?
When I was hanging up a load of wet towels and wash cloths the other day, I stood back and looked at them. I wondered what some people might think about our towels. Would they think we don't care about our things? Would they think we're poor or backwards in some way? Would they look at my stained (canning) dish towels and wash cloths and think we're, dare I say it, icky?
Before I had kids, I told myself that my kids' wash cloths (for after meals) would never look like this. Oops.
None of these things are true, but I can't help but wonder. Instead of these ponderings making me ashamed or self-conscious, they make me sad. I wish such unimportant things weren't so important to people. When we buy new things, where do the old things go? And what about our money? Doesn't it go companies that are already making millions? Hm.
I guess what I'm trying to say is that if you have old, frayed and stained towels or if you're dishes are chipped and mis-matched (by choice or not), that's okay.
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