We have an odd collection of little toddler forks and spoons for Phoebe. I really can't recall where they all came from. Some of them are stainless steel and some of them, the ones in this photo, are real sterling silver. And look: the tarnish wore off from everyday use, and they are bright and shiny! No silver polish or rubbing needed, just use.
Perhaps if I ever get some ancestral silver, I will use it every day to enjoy its luster without the effort of polishing. I love the life lesson here: beauty and usefulness hand-in-hand.