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The most romantic thing my husband ever did for me was buy me dishes.
Let's rewind. My husband and I lived in England from 2011 to 2014. We spent many a weekend antiquing, and I have a house full of stuff to prove it. Antiquing was something we enjoyed doing together — we brought home some kick-ass treasures and wonderful memories.
We went to an auction about once month, and while we were browsing through the treasures on one occasion, a set of red Wedgewood china caught my eye. It was laid out on a table in such a Downton Abbey way that I wouldn't have been at all surprised if Lady Mary and Lady Edith had showed up.
My husband picked up on the fact that I was drooling over these dishes — he's smart like that. As I gently inspected each cup and saucer, he reminded me of the all the dishes we already had, so I was surprised when he raised our number when bidding started.
I don't remember the starting bid but it wasn't eyebrow raising for us. There was only one other contender and for a minute, it looked like we were going home with that set of antique china, but the limit of what we could spend came and went. It became obvious the other bidder was hell-bent on going home withmyWedgewood china.Jerk.
Yes, I already thought of it asmychina. We tapped out and moved on, leaving with happy memories of the day and a great little end table.
My husband is a big holiday person. If Hallmark makes a card for it, my man embraces it with full-on enthusiasm.
I mentioned the china a few times – probably too many times and probably a little too wistfully. My husband apologized, telling me he'd had no idea that it meant that much to me. I kept insisting it was no big deal, and it wasn't, and I forgot about it.
My husband didn't, apparently.
My husband is a big holiday person: Halloween, Christmas, Easter, you name it. If Hallmark makes a card for it, my man embraces it with full-on enthusiasm.
He always makes Valentine's Day special for me, and even though I say I don't care about hearts and flowers, I'd be disappointed if he stopped going all out.
By the time Valentine's Day 2014 rolled around, we'd been in our new home for three months. We were semi-settled, which meant it was starting to feel like home but there was still a lot of stuff in boxes.
Our dining room was the first room that felt "done." We hadn't actually eaten a meal there but it was right off the foyer and the first room a visitor saw. It was also the first roomIsaw when I came downstairs in the morning, on my trek toward the coffee pot.
That Valentine's Day, my husband let me sleep late and then brought me coffee in bed. When I went downstairs to get my second cup, I noticed what was on my dining room table.
It was my Wedgewood china.
The person who'd outbid us at the auction was an antiques dealer who'd bought the set and sold it piece by piece on the internet. Some of the people who'd bought the pieces were other antiques brokers who re-sold pieces and mini collections of the china online. It had taken my husband five months but he'd scoured the internet and bought my china.Mychina. It had been arriving at our house in multiple small packages and I hadn't thought much about it. I'd assumed they were gizmos my husband was ordering from Amazon.
I was speechless – not a condition I experience often.
This is the most thoughtful thing anyone has ever done for me,I thought. My husband made a huge effort to get something that would make me feel loved that gave me a tangible reminder of a very happy time in our life together.
My china (that's right,mychina) is heirloom quality and the fact that it may have been someone else's heirloom before it became mine is not lost on me. I'll always wonder about the stories of the people whose table it graced before ours.
We use these dishes. While they'll never be our everyday dinnerware, we use them and enjoy them. They traveled quite the road to be here, so they deserve to not just sit on the shelf.
My husband says he can never top this. I say I don't need him to try.
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