My family has a bad habit of breaking glass. We’ve actually gotten better but for years it was pretty ridiculous. For example:
1. For our wedding, we were given a crystal pitcher and a set of four crystal goblets. It didn’t take us long to break them all and we can’t blame that on the kids since we didn’t have them yet. That was all us!
2. Years ago my mother-in-law gave us a set of goblets, and right off the bat, my daughter tipped one over and broke it. She was SO upset! When we got to the last one, we tried breaking it and it took multiple attempts. Go figure.
3. I had a 12-piece collection of Pfaltzgraff dishes that I was very fond of. One day, I was taking about 8 plates out of the dishwasher, at the same time, and dropped the whole stack! I still don’t know how it happened. The kids heard the crash and came running. They were about 12 and 10 at the time. They looked at the mess and then at me. They shook their heads and one of them said, “I’m glad we didn’t do that.” Then I started bawling. Of course, I broke five of the eight but not any of the ones that were chipped.
With such a bad track record for glass usage, we gave up on glass for a while. We used plastic drinking glasses. I think we still used glass plates but we got some of the nearly indestructible Corelle (which actually do break – we should know!) and had better luck with that.
But eventually we went back to glass and actually found we had improved with our glass handling skills. But we’re still not perfect.
Unfortunately, all the dishes we’ve ever had owned come in sets of 4 (except the Pfaltzgraff from years ago). So when we break one of the dishes, which we inevitably do, we’re left with the problem of only having 7 left and no way to replace the one we broke. So I solved that problem once and for all. Here’s what I did instead:
This is the plan: I switched to solid color dinner plates, dessert plates and bowls. I’m not going with one particular style but having an eclectic mix (currently all my plates & bowls match but that was just to get me started). The only common denominator will be that they are all solid colored. Then if a dish gets broken, I can purchase a replacement ANYWHERE.
And it makes for a very colorful dinner table which I love!
So if your family has trouble with glass, maybe you should think about solid colored dishes, too.