I am once again joining Five Minute Friday this week.
Table. It is a simple furniture item that most of us have in our homes. But it is also a symbol of togetherness. I got my parent’s dining room table when my mom passed away this summer. It is funny how it is the same table, but feels totally different in our house. We never ate many meals at the table at my parent’s house. Mostly, we sat on the couch or chairs in the living room. Especially when it became difficult for my dad to get around. But even before that. The table was for special occasions. But, it was also there to do paperwork. For my DD to do her art projects when she was visiting. To hold the myriad of medications – for my dad and then my mom and for my DD when we were visiting. It was also finished by my dad’s hands. He did a lot of antique refinishing in his retirement and this table was one of those projects.
It is a bit too big for our space when I put the leaves in (which I did out of desperation to be able to put the extra chairs around the table and have them fit). So, I will have to take the leaves out and move the extra chairs to the garage, to be pulled out on those special occasions when people are visiting. But, I will be having family dinners at this table more regularly than we did at my parent’s. I will be enjoying that table as a family, with meals. And when I do, I will think of my dad working on it and my mom taking care of it. I don’t have a ton of things from my parent’s house, but this is one that I will cherish and use with joy. The family table.
I am thankful…for the table, but more so for the memories attached to it and the ones we will make at it.