I was depressed about my table.
I want a new one.
Half of the chairs are broken.
It's embarrassing really.
Most people I know and the blogs I read - the people have beautiful tables.
With centrepieces. Or funky artwork, clocks or decorations behind.
I'm in the thoughts of redesigning all our rooms. The loungeroom and dining most specifically. Changing styles, layouts, new furniture. Thinking alot about how to minimalise in this small house, yet live a fullfilling enriching life. We do want to live here. We do want to be able to do stuff and have things, yet have a sleeker look.
So I once again pointed out how disgusting and embarassing our table is to The MR
"But I love it this way, it's beautful" he said.
"Its our table. We use it. Alot. It shows marks of love and use.
He had to go and pull THAT card didn't he.
One of my favourite passages from 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families is about the kitchen table.
I cut out my wedding dress at the same place where I memorized my spelling words. It was the same place I ated cookies each day after school. It was there as I prepared for the SAT's. My husband to be was grilled mercilessly in the same spot. Much of what I have learnt and hold dear is inextricably intetwined with the kitchen table. That 4x6 scratched and worn piece of furniture was a small physical part of my home. Yet as I look back on what we did there, I realize that it was a key to the life I now have.
As I struggle each night to get dinner on my kitchen table and round up my children from the four corners of the neighbourhood, I wonder why I dont just send them to their rooms with a chicken pot pie and tv. I don't because I am giving them the gift of the kitchen table. Perhaps it is in the genes. Or perhaps it is that kitchen table. That magical place where I learnt responsibility and felt love and security.
There's something about a kitchen table.
Marianne Jennings - The seven habits of Highly Effective Families by Stephen Covey pg 282-283
A couple of years into being married we wanted a big table. A big one for our family and all that we planned to do around it. We got the biggest in the shop at the time. Its 110x210cm. We knew it would get used and abused, so decided on a wood one that could be sanded back and be repainted if it got too bad.
That was my choice at the time to. So now I should stick to it now.
That big old wooden table that has definately been abused.
Now where's that electric sander? *looks around*
*and don't give me 'the table looks fine' rubbish. That photo makes it look good. It has nikko stains, blue, red and green paint that won't come off, purple bleeding tissue paper stains, a green holly leaf shape stain from christmas tinsel, carvings, a nikko teddy bear drawn on the top, circle drawings dug in by a ball point pen, knife and fork stabbings, bare patches where I scrubbed off other offending things and ended up scrubbing off the lacquer!!.. and the list goes on. Not to mention only four still together chairs out of 8.