11:11 pm March 21, 2013, by Theresa Walsh Giarrusso
Our everyday dishes are scratched, nicked and several from the set are MIA — assumed broken an trashed before confirmation. We’ve had the dishes since our wedding 19 years ago.
The blue couch this sits in our family room has spill stains on both sides of the cushions. It is thread-bare and my crafty mother helped me staple the cushioning and the liner back in on the lounge part of it. It is 16 years old.
The tables in our family room are also 16 years old. They are scratched and water marked and the “wood” is peeling up in places.
It would be lovely to replace all these things and look at pretty china at dinner and sit on a couch that’s not stained, but are my kids old enough to make that investment now?
Michael says no. He says not until the last one leaves for college.
What do you think? When did you replace the toddler-stained furniture? When can you have adult dishes and not worry about them being dropped when kids set the table?
Did you replace furniture in your house with elementary school kids in your house? What about middle or high school age?
• The Atlanta 50: What to See and Do, our inside scoop on Atlanta’s vibrant cultural and leisure scene, including tips on parking, where you should go and best times to avoid big crowds. Order e-book guide today.
• The Atlanta 50: Where to eat, John Kessler's e-book and print guide to 50 of the top area restaurants.
Vacation stops, manage subscriptions and more