As I join fellow bloggers to Celebrate this Week, I want to celebrate the table where our family has shared not only meals but our hopes and dreams for the past forty years.
When the time came to empty our childhood home, my brothers, sister, and I each chose something special to keep. The only thing I really wanted was the family table which was the centerpiece of my childhood memories.
I’m not exactly sure where my parents found this heavy oak trestle table which includes 2 benches and 2 captain’s chairs but I do know that their kitchen was designed to fit this table. Years of meals have been shared as we gathered together around it. Friends were always welcome and we managed to squeeze in additional guests. My father sat at the far end, manning the toaster and reading the Los Angeles Times sport section aloud each morning. Dinner was always good, but it was the lively discussions that made meals special. My mother was a stickler for proper manners. Food was to be passed to the right and short stopping was not permitted. We all thought this was hilarious and we took turns asking the person to the right to pass something and it had to travel all the way around the table before the originator could serve him or herself. The table also served as a homework center, craft table, and place to play card and board games.
When my husband and I remodeled our home, the kitchen was designed to fit this table. We gather around it daily and friends are always welcome. Often we actually can’t squeeze in another person so we add an extra table to the end. Sundays are special and we hold dear the tradition to gather together for dinner. When our fourth child was born, we started family meetings to share what happened during the previous week and plan for the week ahead. This was the only way I could keep life organized with my teaching schedule, my husband’s long work hours, and the children’s many sports, school, and 4H activities. The table has been the gathering spot for most of our family celebrations. Our family continues to grow and we continue to gather around this table, hold meetings, and make more memories.
Lauren used the table to make seating charts for her wedding to Jared.
Most of the family home for dinner.
Good news – my nephew Alex, his wife Lokilani, and Amos!!!
More good news – my daughter Mee Mee and Paul made an announcement:
I want to thank Ruth Ayers at Ruth Ayers Writes for creating the weekly celebration blog links. Please visit her blog to see what she and others are celebrating.
This is my first time visiting your blog, and I love it. Your family is beautiful, now and in the past. What a wise reflection of what centers family. Looking forward to reading more of you celebration posts.
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Joan Schoettler says
Beautiful family and story.AS your family grows, the table at the end will be a must!
What great family memories!
Such a moving and well crafted post, Claire. Tables are also important pieces of furniture for me. I love how your table has such a long and meaningful life. Congratulations on the baby! Best to your family.
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Tina Cho says
This is a lovely post! That table holds many memories. Maybe that could be a subject for a picture book–how so many people have used it. Congrats on all your family news!
Claire Annette Noland says
Thanks Tina – great suggestion!
Louann Kristy says
Lovely family memories
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Christy Mihaly says
Hi Claire, I love this post! I recently received similar news of a grandson on the way–here’s to figuring out how to be a good GRAMMA. And my daughter created post-it table-seating charts for her wedding, at our kitchen table, just like your daughter did at yours! We have so much in common . . . I see my GROG buddy Tina Cho is also here — it really is a small world. It has been such fun to get to know you in person and online. Have a great year off, and best wishes with your writing!
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Claire Annette Noland says
I feel so blessed to have had to opportunity to meet you and spend time with you at the Highlights workshop. We do have so much in common – It will be fun to be part of each other’s writing lives.