FROM: JM, Santa Maria, CA

Early in our marriage I learned of the red plate tradition from a friend and quickly incorporated it into our family’s celebration of special occasions. After all our children left home we took in a single man from our church as a border.

Coming from a dysfunctional family, Mike enjoyed the times of celebration when our family gathered for special occasions. When his birthday came around I asked what flavor of cake he wanted me to make him. He responded that he didn’t care about the cake. He said all he wanted was to make sure he would get the red plate treatment!

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