Since I was a kid, this plate has been very special to me and my siblings. It’s the red plate that we only got to use on our birthdays. We all called it the You Are Special plate.
Every year on our birthdays, we knew two things: that we would be able to go into the hands-off china cabinet to carefully remove the You Are Special plate and that we would be able to choose whatever we wanted to have for dinner.
I remember running to the hutch and opening the door. You had to pull on it gently but also pretty hard, and when it opened you would hear a small pop and tinkling of glass as everything in the cabinet shifted. It smelled of polished wood. And leaning against the back of the cabinet on the lowest shelf was the You Are Special plate.
What would we pick for dinner? It seems that my siblings and I are creatures of habit and always seemed to pick the same meal every year. I always picked corned beef and cabbage, which probably made my mom very happy because she just had to throw it in the crock pot!
I always worried I would drop the plate and break it. But none of the five of us ever did. That You Are Special plate is now in my china cabinet.
This year, I carefully pulled the plate out and explained the You Are Special plate tradition to Ethan. I told him that me and his aunts and uncles ate our birthday dinners off of it every year when we were little (and as we got bigger too!). I asked him what he wanted for dinner, but he said he wanted a special breakfast instead. So I made him these Cake Batter Pancakes that I found on (where else?) Pinterest. He was so excited to eat of the very special You Are Special plate!
My only problem is what am I going to do on the twins’ birthday? I guess I could let them both pick a separate meal. I found the You Are Special plate on Amazon.com…maybe I should buy a second plate.
Do you have any special birthday traditions in your family?