In 2007, my mom, Crazy Pat, bought me one single set of red dishes. It contained a red plate, red bowl, red teacup and red side plate. As strange as this sounds, she had a reason for the purchase.
Before I get into the story, I need to fill in a little background on Crazy Pat. Crazy Pat is very happy 99.999% of the time. She is someone who, if given the opportunity, would dot each “i” with a heart, and doodle grapes and puppies on any paper within reach. She is rainbows and roses, and always looks at the bright side of life.
She read somewhere about a tradition where for every celebration, the birthday girl, the graduate, the promotion, uses the red plate. It is the celebration plate.
And she bought me a set.
The red plate has graced our table for different occasions ever since.
When I received Teacher of the Year in 2008 and 2010, the red plate was out and ready to celebrate (and even the subject of the acceptance speech for the 2010 win).
When The Captain celebrated his 45th birthday, the red plate graced the table. He has requested it to not come out for any more of his birthdays.
When String Bean brought home all As, the red plate revealed itself.
Even when Squishy got his tree on Arbor Day, the red plate came to dinner.
In the summer, the red plate really hasn’t made an entrance onto the sacred kitchen table. So, in honor of it being Friday, I am going to make a fun plate of appetizers and serve them to everyone on the celebratory red plate.
Happy Friday. Time to get out the red plate, grab a glass of red wine and celebrate the arrival of the weekend. TGIF and cheers to red plates!