Just months before my Mom passed away, her and I were in the living room watching "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition". The episode was about a man who lost his wife and was raising his kids on his own. As he shared his story, he mentions having to pond his wife's wedding ring just to pay the rent.
My Mom then begins to tell me what things she wants me to have when she dies, one thing being her collection of china.
I immediately tell her to stop talking like that because she still had a long life ahead of her (but I think my Mom knew otherwise by this point).
Anyway, my brother has been holding my china in his home (the house we grew up in) over the years. And for that, I have been super thankful. But recently, I have brought them home.
They are not real china (most items were made in Japan and England). Only one saucer and tea cup were made in China but they are not the traditional decoration nor color. But, it's the sentiment that counts.