For no reason at all, I want to really set the table for dinner. I have a whole wedding’s worth of crystal stemware and water pitchers that I never use. It suddenly seems ridiculous to have items in a home that one never uses because they are too nice or too good.
I climb up to the high cabinets, find my crystal, wash each piece free of dust, and set my table. I even unearth my crystal candlesticks and light candles. They seem funny next to the chicken pot pie.
My daughters arrive home and squeal that we have crystal goblets on the table.
They hold their goblets carefully–shaking a little–and sip solemnly. Our conversation seems more adult; we chew our food thoroughly and we rest our forks when we want to speak. We keep our napkins in our lap, and nobody dips their fingers in the candle wax. What a beautiful dinner!
Living with flair means bringing out the crystal. I don’t want to own something too good or too nice to use.
Journal: Do you have things you never use because they are too expensive?