Not one of my better surprises! Of all the lovely objects of beauty I once owned, I chose to bring with me my 21st birthday gift from my parents. My set of Royal Crown Derby "Mikado". Originally I had a set of sixteen. I pared down to a set of eight. Yes, I had visions of white linen, crystal and bone china on a table in the garden with dear friends. What can I say! Now I can have a dinner party for three. Yes, only three complete place settings survived. It was like a truck ran over the box. The plates were all on their sides, smashed. I had taken such care packing. Purchased a special 'dishes' box. Special sponge wrap. Nothing could have saved them. I knelt over them with reverence. They have seen some good times. I gathered each piece determined to 'let it go' quickly. I am now envisioning a blue and white mosaic border around the arch in the fireplace. What do you think?
Don’t get hung up on a snag in the stream, my dear. Snags alone are not so dangerous—it’s the debris that clings to them that makes the trouble. Pull yourself loose and go on.
Anne Shannon Monroe