No, not the end of the popular television show that everyone in the world seems to be watching except us. It is the end of a different type of duck dynasty around here.
Tomorrow marks our 15th wedding anniversary and back then, we did what quite a few couples do when getting married and registered for dishes. We found our dishes at Bed, Bath, and Beyond (They used to have a much larger selection!). I searched for it online to show you but came up short since I could not remember the name of the it. They were beautiful, heavy, dishes with a green trim embellished with yellow flowers. My husband hated those dishes! He hated them so much that every time we had dinner out would come the duck plates that were from his single days instead. I have no idea what happened to the dishes I had in my single days so can only guess that somehow the duck plates were better than those.
Eventually, I gave up and gave away our wedding dishes. He hated them, they were too heavy for the kids to use, they didn’t fit in the dishwasher right (kind of important around here), and so away they went except for one large bowl. I used the large bowl to set out fruit on the table or sometimes bread on spaghetti nights but for regular dining we used the duck plates.
Correlle Duck pattern
Occasionally over the past 15 years, the duck plates and my having to get rid of the wedding dishes I loved have been an issue for us. Stupid? Maybe but what’s a marriage without a few stupid arguments here and there. These arguments usually ended with him saying: You can go get whatever different dishes you want but they MUST BE Correlle. (He should seriously be their spokesperson). I would look and rarely find any dishes I loved that were Correlle. Usually if I did happen to find Correlle dishes I liked, he hated them. Other pressing issues that were more important financially than new dishes would usually arise before we would ever agree on any dishes.
About 3 weeks ago, my one final link to our wedding dishes, my beloved bowl broke. It started to crack right down the middle and we could no longer use it. I sighed and let it go. Then, 2 weeks ago, out of the blue, my husband announced that we could go pick out some new dishes but that (say it with me) they MUST BE Correlle. I mentioned that I had recently noticed some dishes I liked on an end-cap in Target and that they were even Correlle. He agreed to go look at them even though they happened to be square. A short time later after entering Target and Wal-Mart in our city and then driving to visit a different Wal-Mart and Target in another city, we purchased these not-square dishes which I do love especially since I no longer have to stare at a duck every time we sit down to dinner.
Our new Corelle Dishes
See what is missing from that plate? Hooray for white space!
The two sets of dishes (we determined with 4 of us we would need two sets) even came with coffee cups. I am so excited to have an entire set of MATCHING coffee cups! Want to come over for coffee (or tea) sometime?
One of our new 8 coffee cups. Sadly, unless we have company I get these all to myself.
One of the most exciting things about our new dishes was that they were on sale! So our 2 boxes cost the same as one of the boxes of the square dishes I initially liked. By the way, I really do like these better than the square ones I noticed first. They are more suited to our family and decorating tastes. I washed all our new dishes and my husband removed the duck plates so I could put them away (except we’ve never had so many coffee cups before so they are just sitting on the counter by the coffee maker–I’m open to ideas for storing them).
I was hoping to get to say Opa! while breaking the duck plates and share the pictures of the shattered plates on this blog post. Of course, if you own any Correlle dishes, you know that they really are very durable and short of throwing them on concrete they wouldn’t break that easily so I would have been okay with ending the story by saying we donated the plates somewhere. What I was not expecting was to open a kitchen cabinet later and find this:
Up in that top left corner, the duck plates continue to live in our house tucked neatly under a stack of paper plates.
Maybe in another 15 years, my husband will finally release the duck plates and let them fly away and be free. I do need to find a small plate size in our new Garden Sketch Band dishes as one benefit of the dreaded duck plates was that they had 2 sizes of plates with a smaller size that was much better suited to the boys at dinner time.
How do you feel about your dinner dishes? Do you love them or loathe them?