I LOVE THIS TABLE. I am getting ready to purchase it as replacement for my existing table. It is sleek and modern and it has plenty of seating to accomodate my family, BUT, it does not have the memories that have been made over the years on our old farmhouse table.
Our kitchen table has served many purposes over the years. Not only has it served as a place in which to eat our meals, it has served so many other functions. Our table has been in use since my children, the youngest of whom is now 30, were children. It is scarred and dented and it shows its age in some places. The chairs are marred from little feet standing on them with their shoes on and my husband has repeatedly "shored" up the legs to make the chairs more stable. It's time for a replacement and I'm ready to let go but I will always remember this old farmhouse table as a place where my family and I made so many happy memories.
My children learned how to write their names on this table. They played play-doh and they colored in coloring books . As they grew older they did their homework on this table and they filled out thier college applications on it. They discussed their day to day routines and their inner most thoughts around this table. They spoke of marriage and babies and new homes and cars around this table.
The table has a long and mostly happy history in our home. It has been used as a place to play board games as a family, a place in which to gather to share or finest AND our weakest moments as a family. We have discussed life, death, disease, happiness and sorrow around our table and if it could talk it would have many tales to tell. I am hopeful that our new table will serve the same purposes for our grandchildren. Already I know that my grandaughters will learn may things as they sit around this new table.
They will learn that their Mommy and/or Daddy had a hard time forming their letters sometimes, too; they will learn how to color in and OUT of the lines of the coloring book. They will form funny little creatures with their play-doh and they will stand on the chairs with their shoes on because they can't reach the kitchen island to make cookies without a chair.
They will learn that words spoken around the kitchen table are often words of comfort and encouragement, and sometimes words of caution and disappointment, but always words based in love and commitment to family. They will learn that a cup of tea at the kitchen table is comforting when they are upset and that if they ever want or need to talk something through they need only have a seat .
Our new table will get its own dents and dings and it too will be place in which we will gather as a family to eat meals, share our stories, share our happiness and sorrows and learn that the most important piece of furniture in our entire home is this, THE KITCHEN TABLE. The place in which all our fondest memories are made and where all manner of learning can take place.
I hope that this new kitchen table gives the next generation of our family the sense of belonging that our old table always offered. As we gather around the new table we will offer thanks for our many blessings and begin to make the new table the center piece of our home.