This may seem like an ordinary plate. In the Deputy home however, it is unique. It is scratched up from all of it’s use. It is plastic. It is see through. It is a bright green. It is bigger than the other plates we own. It is the only one of it’s kind in our plate drawer. And even though we own nice dishes that we eat on regularly, and nicer plastic ones we use in a rush, this plate is the one everyone wants at their place. This, my dear friends, is “The Special Plate”. If you have The Special Plate in your spot at the dinner table it is like you are star-of-the-day! During dinner each family member, or *anyone* at the dinner table for that matter (because we *have* brought The Special Plate out when we have company), tells you what they love most about you. After having this tradition for a bit (at least three years) you’d think it would be hard to keep coming up with something, but I kid you not, there are nights when some people get two or three compliments because we just can’t narrow it down to one.
Sometimes I wish that I had bought a nicer plate to use as The Special Plate. Then, like tonight when I took it’s picture, I think that this plate is perfect. It will be resilient and serve it’s purpose well. It will last us for years of compliments. (would it be too strange to retire this plate out in a year or so and buy a new one to use for a year or so then buy a new one so that eventually each one of my children will someday always have a “Special Plate”?)