Sunday Confessional: I Kept My Dishes

Dear Sugar
I have just turned 36. I finally got engaged after dating a man for two years and thought that I had it all. Ever since my older sister got married over a decade ago I have been looking forward to registering, especially for China. I have coveted a very special light blue floral Wedgwood pattern and can't even believe that I have my very own set now!

The sad part about this story, is that around three and a half months ago I found out that my fiance cheated on me. I guess I could have forgiven him, but there was something in the back of my mind that wasn't quite right with us, and so I used this as my out and called off our engagement.

Although I am sad to have lost him, I think that I saved myself from making a huge mistake that could have turned into an even bigger mess if we actually went through with the marriage. What really stinks is that not only does the dream of your future go up in flames, you lose your friend and lover, but you also have to deal with returning all of the wedding and engagement gifts.

I gave myself two weeks to sob and mourn and then I diligently sent every single present back to their rightful owners. Well, I guess that's not entirely true; I sent everything back except for one set if items...my precious dishes. I basically just ignored the people that gave them to us and since they were mostly from his side of the family, I doubt I'll ever see them again anyway. I know it's wrong but I've longed to own this gorgeous pattern for ten years now. Can what I've done be forgiven?

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