This piece of serving ware was a gift to my mother on her wedding day; the marriage lasted just 18 months or so and Dad only came back often enough to give me a brother and two sisters beside myself; their second child. There were no supporting parents benefits in those days and because we knew where he was, we could not claim abandonment; this meant that we had to rely on his choosing to send a cheque occasionally until the youngest child was old enough to be looked after by my brother and I; I was about eight when Mum began her nursing career and we began to take care of ourselves. Mum was too tired to bother with housework and we were too young to do much more than what was absolutely necessary. Our house was not in the best condition but this piece of plate ware, a sandwich tray, was a tiny bit of elegance in our house and was only brought out for the very occasional guest; I remember curried egg sandwiches with shredded lettuce on top. I have always loved the elegant feminine image on the plate and was saddened to find its sister broken when recently cleaning my mothers flat. I have brought this one home for safe keeping.
I needed an elegant feminine photo for my layout and chose this one of my new husband and I cutting our wedding cake; the background reminded me of the plate, my bridesmaids wore lilac with purple flowers and I carried yellow frangipani's, the cake also had frangipani's on it; it seemed to be the perfect match. Interestingly, the cake was made and decorated by the same lady who made Mum and Dad's wedding cake 25 years earlier. It's a good thing I don't believe in bad omens; My lovely husband and I have recently celebrated our 35th wedding anniversary and are very happy together.
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