Precious Things Get Broken

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Maytime China Pattern Teacup SaucerWith a 2 and 4 year old in the house, things are bound to get broken. Why does it always seem to be something brand new or something precious to me?

This teacup is from my grandma’s china set, which was given to me as a wedding pressent. My grandparents were like a second set of parents to me and I loved them both dearly. My grandma passed away in March of 1995 and this last March she would have been 100 years olf.

I vowed to keep her china on display and not hidden away because I want to remember her. About two weeks ago through some strange series of events involving both my girls and the kitty condo, the sugar bowl was broken. Yep, I cried.

Yesterday, my little dears broke a big ceramic cat, also from my grandma. Keep in mind, the china is beautiful. The cat…not so much. But, as a kid I played with the cat all the time.

So now I’m wondering. Should I have these precious things on display? The china is in a china cabinet with a few open shelves, so it’s not like I have things just laying around, hey, here’s a gravey boat under the rug.

How about you? What do you do with your precious momentoes? Do you keep them safe and hidden? Do you h ave them on display and figure whatever happens, happens? I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas.

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3 thoughts on “Precious Things Get Broken

  1. Oh, you are a brave soul. I have my important breakables in a glass front cabinet in the kitchen and a curio cabinet in the computer room, but the little Beast throws things at the curio all the time, so I’m sure it’s only a matter of time before it, and the treasures inside, are broken. I’m sorry that you lost two special mementos of your loving grandma. My mom has her grandmother’s teacup collection in a glass front cabinet in her newly remodeled kitchen and it’s gorgeous. Hope you find a way to keep the rest of your set safe!

  2. I have a mix of things out and put away. My most precious items are actually books and pics so they are easier to keep from the kiddos and won’t get broken if knocked off a top shelf. I do believe you are a good mom to keep them where your girls can make their own memories of great grandma’s china. They will always remember that mom involved them in that history.

  3. Really really precious stuff (like my great grandmother’s cocktail glasses) I display…but I do display them at at the very top shelf of the glass cupboard in my kitchen. That cupboard is really hard to get to (even by me) and near impossible for my 6 year old and 4 year old.

    I do take one down occassionally to show it to them (while I’m holding it and I show them how to touch it gently).

    I do feel for you – it must’ve been heartbreaking to see your grandma’s ceramics broken.

    Perhaps you can put away and show it to them every now and then?

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