The Red Plate pictured here today simply says "You are special today." And that is the Valentine's Day sentiment that I am sending to all of you who read this blog. Thank you, and I hope you stop by often.
Just in case you are not familiar with the concept of "The Red Plate," I can explain. Although the heart-shaped version of The Red Plate is a smaller one, a Valentine version, The Original Red Plate is the same size as a normal dinner plate and can be used for any occasion. Both bear the same inscription. Made by Waechtersbach, a German company that dates back to 1832, and self-designated "The Original Red Plate Company," the plate is used as a "visible reminder of love and esteem, a way of showing someone dear to you that they are appreciated and remembered. When The Red Plate is used, any meal becomes a celebration, honoring that special person, event, or deed."
In our family, we used The Red Plate to celebrate birthdays and special events that revolved around school (academics and sports), church, and community involvement. Everyday things like making your bed, cleaning your room, and walking the dog did not qualify. But things like making the Honor Roll, being baptized or confirmed, or getting selected to appear in a program or play on a specific sports team, meant The Red Plate would appear at some one's place at the dinner table. Sometimes smaller milestones, too, would mean The Red Plate was on the table, such as receiving a good grade on a special paper or project or helping a neighbor carry groceries into the house. The children all loved the tradition we created, one that shows praise and attention in the form of four simple words, "You are special today," can mean so much.