I have owned this simple glass plate since before I was married . I think it is scandinavian. If I had to choose one item from my kitchen that holds the most memory and thus is most treasured it would be this plate. It holds the memory of at least 133 cakes and tarts celebrating family birthdays. It has held chocolate fudge cake, almond torte, fruit tarts, lemon cake, berry shortcakes , fruit tortes and most recently one of our favorites chocolate hazelnut torte. It has held a my little pony merry go round cake that went up in flame when lit for Rebekah's 5th birthday and the death star from starwars that was baked in a large round metal bowl ( or at least it was one half of the death star ) for one of Benjamin's birthdays. I wonder if trace elements of the plate were studied what they would find. I do know the surface of the plate is not as transparent as it used to be and has become a little translucent . Will it become opaque in spots after another 133 birthdays. Our memory starts out like that , transparent and clear but over the years it becomes a little less clear and then not clear at all but there will always be little spots where the light will shine through and the memories will flow . We just may need a little more time to find those special areas. This weekend when I am with my mom I am going to search out those spots and find some way to record them so they are not lost forever. I will leave you with a few of the most recent cakes held by the plate . Do you have a special item in your kitchen that you would like to share with me?