Thursday, September 30, 2010
The family meal table
Some couples want a private master suite. Our bedroom almost always has a nursing baby and a few little visitors during the night.
We wanted our kitchen to be the center of our home. I'm not a gourmet chef, but I loving cooking for my family. When I walked though our new kitchen for the first time, I realized that our kitchen table is not going to match it at all. I found myself drooling over the Pottery Barn website. Hey, a girl can dream.
Our first kitchen table was a $5 yard sale find...small, dark, round and laminate-over-particle board. Then our neighbor gave us 3 chairs she had trash picked. They were light pine and half painted white. My parents gave us another random green chair. This was our first house and I tried to make it feel like home. I covered it with a table cloth and a seasonal centerpiece and most people didn't notice that the chairs didn't match the table or each other. Or maybe they were just being nice.
Then I had kids and now we can't get through a meal without a spill. Goodbye tablecloth, and the centerpieces were replaced with a basket of napkins. Then one Christmas we were given a new table from our in-laws. It is a light pine color with a white tile top. It even came with matching chairs! But, it seated four and our family was growing. We found a rustic, old bench at a thrift store. It needs to be refinished, but I think that adds to the charm. We hid it behind the table and can squeeze 4 kids on it.
Our kitchen table has served us well. It has hosted Thanksgiving dinners and PB&J lunches. It's held science experiments and art projects. It's where we've studied the Word of God and gathered in prayer.
It's not really my style, it's got a few cracks and scratches and stray crayon marks, but it's where we meet daily to be a family.