Every time I would set the scalding hot (I'm an impatient cook) dish on this lovely trivet, one family member (usually a young one) would try and scoop some delicious morsel out, and the pan would immediately tip to one side. Thus a concerned adult would quickly grab the pan and right it - while screaming in pain. Luckily no one's been seriously hurt in the many trivet incidents.
I have wised up and quit using as a trivet at all. The thing is only 9 in. x 4 in. And once one looks at it outside of a kitchen setting, one realizes it is EXACTLY the size and obvious shape of a old iron! Yes, we can be fooled to the original purpose of things by watching other misuse it. My husband also caught on and has purchased the silicone non-slip trivets for future use (yea him!).
This is now a lovely decorative piece that I will have to explain to my children some day - but at least they won't inadvertently harm their family in the use it. Thanks Grandma! ;)