Many women find the dining table as a sort of meeting grounds. I can’t recall how many times my mom and I have sat down around the table to discuss the things that are going through my mind. There are the times that you just meet up for a midnight snack at this table. Yet, it’s also the place to socialize at. Our extended family has joined at this table. Everyone has had their fair share of holiday fun. People have talked about what they did that day or what was bothering them. I think we all recall a time that we sat until we were numb.
Dining tables are also the work station. The children in my family have all done their homework at the teak dining table. Mom folded laundry at this table as well. Meals were shared here, but they were also shaped here as we chopped vegetables and more. It was also considered the cooling station for pies and cookies.
At times, dining tables are more than just the workstation. They are for storage as well. You always knew in our family that since mom had a sore hip, you put everything on the table. You put your library books that needed to be taken back on this table too.
Yet, this table also had the purpose of celebrating the holidays. There were times we would put newspaper down to carve pumpkins for Halloween. There were times we’d lay the paper down again as we died Easter eggs. We made ornaments for the Christmas tree at this table.
This was also where dreams were formed. I wrote my first article at the dining table. My sister passed her first test when she studied her words at that table. We did science projects and more at that table. Everyone accomplished something like my college applications and more at that table.
Dining tables can be new. They might be picked out by the newlyweds. The now married husband and wife. The table could be older than the kids. However, it’s more than just a table to eat at. Many can say that these tables are where families are formed. It’s where they learn to communicate and they learn to grow. It’s where living takes form.
While you might think of all the consumer reasons for needing a new dinging table, think about the personal touches. Don’t let your search for dining tables are just for the heck of it or because the other one broke. Make it something that you keep up and pass on. It might sound a bit sentimental, but it’s not really. It’s about keeping something in the family.