Sentimental Treasures – Plastic Placemats

Because an apartment arrangement fell through a week before our wedding in August 1979, we shared a 3-bedroom house with my sister-in-law and her husband (they got married just 2 weeks earlier). We had a great relationship, so the living arrangements worked smoothly.


In 1982, when we finally got a house to rent, I was 6 months pregnant with our first child, and my mother gave me this set of 4 placements with my favourite colours. I love the print – fruit. It speaks to healthy eating.

Needless to say, every time I use them, I think of her – she died in August 2000. Over the years, using them every day gradually gave way to weekends as my family got busier with our individual schedules, but they always stir up cherished memories of my mother. Now though, using them is double the joy because every morning they set the backdrop for breakfast with my grandchildren. The fact that they are plastic makes them perfect for the kind of messes children generate when they eat.

So, I’ve had them for 33 years. They are still going strong and keeping memories of my mother alive. Every now and then, my granddaughter (5 years) asks, “Granny, your mommy gave you these placements?” Naturally, I am always delighted to answer, “Yes Sugar Cake, she did”.

Here’s to sentimental treasures that continue to multiply joys and build new memories.


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