It’s unusual for the fervor of spring cleaning not to have struck me yet. At the first hint of warm weather, I’m typically emptying closets and dusting blinds. I’m unsure where my motivation is this year, but I expect it to arrive at any moment.
As I begin this ritual, I am in search of pretty things – those elegant serving dishes, hand painted flower vases and fluffy new towels that don’t usually see the light of day unless guests are expected. I don’t want to keep the “good stuff” packed away or stuffed in a closet; I want our family to enjoy using any beautiful items we may have. As Erma Bombeck reflects in If I Had My Life to Live Over, “I would have burned the pink candle sculpted like a rose before it melted in storage.”
Therefore, the footed glass bowl from my grandmother holds oranges on the snack table. My scalloped-edge white cake plate is stacked with apples on the kitchen counter. The cloth napkins once buried in a drawer and the blue glassware hidden behind our cereal bowls have been unearthed and put to use.
There’s no need to wait for a special occasion. I have been given the gift of today and I will embrace it with the very best that I have.
This post is linked to Tuesdays Unwrapped at Chatting at the Sky.
photo courtesy morgue file