"......I wish someone had reminded me that I am the best mother for these particular boys, hand-picked to be their nurturer, advocate, and teacher, and that as much as they need me, I need them. Those words would have been more welcome advice than the oft-quoted and guilt-producing “time-passeth-quickly-savor-the-moment” speech."
Collect serving pieces from thrift shops or flea markets that you can mix and match for various occasions. Stick to one color palate and - voila! - you have a set. This eclectic approach fits me well. :)