A decade ago, I had just proposed to the love of my life. We hadn’t even been dating for a year yet, but I was already feeling at that point that my proposal was past due. That’s how much I knew she was the one.
I proposed on January 14th, and our wedding day was less than 6 months away, on July 5th. I suppose that’s just how our story goes. We didn’t need a long time together to decide to get married, nor did we require a long time to be engaged.
The entire year of 2008 is a blur to me. In early January we were just dating, and by early December, we had already been married 5 months. That really puts things in perspective now, in hindsight, what a big year that was for us.
At some point that year, my wife and I spent a day at Bed Bath & Beyond where we had registered for our wedding. When it came time to pick out the dinnerware set, she found a red set that she really liked.
Then we realized that for some mysterious reason, the same set in blue was half the price. So we went with blue.
Amazingly now, after nearly 10 years of using that dinnerware set, from Bush to Obama to Trump, and with two new smaller human members joining our family, all pieces of that set have survived other than a bowl and a cup. That even includes a move to Alabama and back.
Ten is a big number. Just a couple of weeks ago, my wife got to pick out new jewelry from James Avery for Valentine’s Day. That’s the only new jewelry she has gotten (or said she’s wanted) since her engagement and wedding rings back in 2008. So it was a big deal.
So while we’re in the spirit of my wife getting new things, in convenient accordance to our upcoming 10th wedding anniversary, we now have a brand-new set of dinnerware:
It was not a rash decision. My wife obsessed over, I mean, carefully studied, dozens of sets online through the course of a week.
She then requested my opinion, as well as our son’s, to give her further direction after she had finalized her selection to the top 3.
I have learned over all these years that often, when she asks which one I like the best, whatever the thing is I’m helping her to decide, my answer only reinforces her own decision; which is never the same one I chose.
Amazingly, this time it was different.
Even though she was leaning towards another set, our son and I both chose Melange Dinnerware, Nantucket Weave, and apparently we swayed the vote!
Now obviously, with me being a man, you can imagine that in the end, my choice in our new dinnerware set was not a passionate one.
But now that the new set is here, I have to say, I am very pleased with our decision!
It’s like a crossroads of both Country and Class, which is how I think of my wife. Yeah, she’s from northern California but she loves Country music and grew up on a 5 acre farm with sheep, pigs, cows, chickens, and rabbits. She’s arguably more Southern than I am, yet I was born and raised in Alabama!
Soon, when you see pictures of our kids eating at the dinner table, you won’t see the decade old blue cups and plates anymore; as we start phasing in our white wicker-looking ones.
I never would have thought that picking out a new dinnerware set would be worth writing about, and on your end, reading about.
Yet here we are.
Now let’s see, so far this year, my wife has gotten a new set of jewelry and dinnerware. Meanwhile, I’m still driving my 2004 Honda Element that I’ve owned since January 2006.
Hey, I wonder if I will finally get my Jeep Wrangler I’ve been wishing for all these years?
Nah, probably not. Old Hondas just never die.
By the way, if you’re reading this because you are already actively looking for the Melange Dinnerware Nantucket Weave set, just click here:
That link will take you straight to Amazon, where you’ll likely find the best deal on it, like we found.