What I Shed Today

lightening up a little at a time

large dinner plates

on March 16, 2014

When Nimue and I married, she brought along the dinnerware she’d acquired living off-campus her final college years. Gifts of family and friends added more place settings. Two poor graduate students weren’t going to host dinner parties for fourteen, but we could have put food before them if we’d had the budget and chairs! After awhile that many plates and coffee cups seemed excessive and we culled the collection. But we used what remained for many years, till one day she said, “This dinnerware isn’t what I’d choose anymore.” We gave the rest away and bought a four-place setting that was as functional as we could find.

Almost right away, however, I broke one of the large dinner plates. I felt badly about it: the new set was incomplete, and three plates just didn’t seem like enough. At the store I found the dinner plates weren’t sold individually. To get one, I had to buy four.

that's 665 square inches of plate in that stack ... 665 more than we need

that’s 665 square inches of plate in that stack … 665 more than we need

But seven have been as awkward as three. And several months ago we decided the smaller meals we’re preparing look better on lunch plates. We hardly use the big black ones.

“Should we go down to four?” we asked ourselves. “Just two?” How about—zero? That’s what feels right to us both.

They’d be good trenchers, though, for a wolfishly hungry student or two. I’ll see if they get nibbled at on craiglist.

shedding style: resell
destination: craigslist

Comments welcome … what might you shed today?


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