This past week I was again reminded of the Buddhist teaching to see stuff as already broken. (I blogged on this mindset some time ago here when my favourite coffee mug broke.) The above set was purchased 22 years ago at a yard sale in the tiny hamlet of Berwyn, Alberta on a very hot summer's afternoon with two little children in-tow and I have treasured it dearly ever since. I'll admit I was mortified when it broke - I won't even bother going into how. I screeched, howled and stomped around the room for a minute (or two :) and then an acceptance and calm took over... c'est la vie!
There is peace to be found in this teaching. When you expect something to break, you're not surprised or disappointed when it does. (Can't claim I'm quite 'there' yet, lol!) Instead of becoming immobilized when something is destroyed, you feel grateful for the time you have had.
I am grateful for the time I had this creamer - it was finely-crafted, attractive and used in innumerable ways over the years; perfect for watering a plant, lovely for sauces and gravies & maple syrup :) and of course, milk or cream.