I recently noticed the three bottles of wine we purchased on our Road Trip this summer. That was over two months ago and there they sat – collecting dust.
I started looking around and found a bottle of wine from a road trip we took during the summer of 2017 and another bottle we received as a Christmas present.
I went about my day, but kept thinking about the wine – not in a “it’s 5:00 somewhere” kind of way, but WHY are we saving them?
I couldn’t take it and started digging in the rest of the kitchen for things we weren’t using:
- Wine glasses that were a wedding gift – 15 years ago
- Champagne flutes from our wedding toast
- Place mats that matched our dining room when we repainted – 3 years ago
- A crystal serving platter we received as a wedding gift
- Napkins that I thought would be perfect for a wine and cheese party – if it hasn’t happened in 15 years, it’s probably not happening.
This led me to search our bedroom:
- Clothes and a purse with tags
- Unworn shoes in their box
- A diamond bracelet Jason gave me for Christmas
And then my stomach started to turn. I had only worn that bracelet one time because I was afraid of losing it. Even worse – I remembered the diamond necklace he gave me for my birthday and Mother’s Day the year Sydney was born. It was tucked away in the safe because once again, I was worried I would lose it if I wore it.
By this point the girls started getting curious about these piles of stuff lying around. I explained my quest to find the unused and they started piles of their own:
- Bath bombs
- Bubble bath
- Fake finger nails
- Chocolate Frog from out trip to Universal in February
- A dress that I was making Elaina save for an upcoming wedding
When that dress came out of the closet the weight of these unused items couldn’t have been heavier. I was making her save the dress out of fear something might happen to it and we’d have to find a replacement. How dumb is that?
Use It Up
And then I had a glorious idea – this week’s family fun was going to be a dinner to use these things we’ve been saving.
Me: We’re using these things! (As I held the wine glasses.)
Sydney: What if we break them?
Me: So, what?!
Sydney: If they break you won’t have them anymore.
Me: They’ve been stuck in a cabinet, unused for 15 years. If we haven’t used them, what does it matter if they break? Either way we’re not using them.
So, on an ordinary Saturday night in October, we had a party to use these things we’ve been saving. I bought a bottle of Sparkling Grape Juice for the girls to drink out of the champagne flutes. We lit one of the candles and we turned on some music.
I thought about fixing a fancy dinner but decided the ordinary is what made the night so special. Instead, we ate leftover pot pie from the night before.
I did, however, make a fun dessert – Snicker’s Fudge – so good. And you know what? We ate it FIRST.
Elaina wore the dress I as making her save, I wore the diamond bracelet and necklace and Sydney ate some of her chocolate frog.
Every Day Is Special
This was so much FUN. We turned the ordinary into extraordinary just by recognizing that Every Day Is Special.
We’re alive, we’re healthy, we’re together and so much more. These are enough on their own to celebrate.
Do you have things you’re saving for a Special Occasion? What are you saving? Please share in the comments.
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