For Christmas, my parents bought me a set of silverware. To be honest, I do not know why they bought me silverware for Christmas. The silverware I had, albeit missing a fork that mysteriously disappeared, was working just fine. And since I live alone, I could have lost two more forks and still had one to eat with.
So as you can imagine, there was no real rush to take the silverware out of its package and file them away in the drawer with the others. But Sunday afternoon, I finally got around to taking it out and washing it and putting it away, mostly because quality television was lacking.
I do not know how the company arrived at this packaging of silverware, but as it turned out, it was a setting for six. In a related matter, my parents also gave me a dish set for Christmas (which I also finally took out of its package and put away), and it contained settings for four, so right off the bat I can lose two more forks and still be in good shape.
So to sum up: I now have dishes for four and silverware for six; which incidentally do not match the previous dishes and silverware I already had.
The question however is which numbering is correct: the four or the six? Or better yet, why would a company sell dishes for 4 and silverware for six, why not make it uniform?
Current demographics would tell us that both are too many; as currently the birthrate in the United States is under 2; so the average family is now 3.
Society would also tell us that there are too many dishes for other reasons as well: with couples working different hours and the children’s involvement in after school activities, not to mention the current explosion in restaurants both of the fast food and family style, does one even need dinnerware anymore? And on those rare nights when a family does sit down and eat together, how many actually have guests over to eat with them? The odds are pretty good that anyone who would be invited over is off running around in their own life, and is too busy to visit anyway.
The best option in the future may in fact be that dishes and silverware should probably be sold individually, or at most in pairs, so that one can buy to their exact specifications; and should they come across that rare occasion where more are needed, well they will just have to buy a whole new set, because as anyone can attest, you can never find the same pattern that matches your current dinnerware once you leave the store.
But for now, I kind of like the idea of silverware being sold in sets of six; even if it does not equate to the number of dishes I have. At least somebody out there is thinking that perhaps there is that one family out there that is actually going to break the mold and have more than 2 children. Or that maybe there are still those people out there that can find that one precious evening, and have guests over for dinner.
And to that end, the silverware company may have a better mindset then most of their customers.