So basically, he wasn’t quite concerned about the dishes. But he never met my great grandmother either.
All said and being done, the china I think is holding up quite well.
It is a service for 12:
with dinner plate,
salad plate, (smaller dinner plate)
soup plate, (you might think I mean bowl, but you'd be wrong)
fish plate (maybe it has another name, but I don't know what it is),
dessert plate, (really dish, as in applesauce)
saucer and cup for each place setting (well, it did anyway).
and there are service pieces which include:
a turkey platter (it could be used for something else, I suppose)
Kugel platter (ditto),
and other vegetable bowl
and gravy boat and sugar and creamer set.
Of course, we only use about half of those pieces, and then only about twice a year, so I don't think it's too much to ask.
See, the problem is, every time I think about using paper plates, I can hear the china screaming from the cupboard. It's not as loud as my husband groaning, but still very annoying, kind of like - "Well, if you were going to use paper, you really didn't have to take us out in the first place."
And they are right. When you can hear your dishes talking, and they are making sense - you should be very afraid.
And listen to them.