Decorating decisions made in the kitchen usually reveal our deepest passions. The front of the house can be all sedated, safe, and reflect the latest paint colors and decorating style, but the kitchen is where we go wild, lavishly displaying our favorite collections, whether it be farm animals (pigs and roosters), vintage Mexican glass bottles, or cookie jars. This makes the kitchen the most authentic room in the house.
This is why, maybe because we feel so comfortable there, that the kitchen table is where life’s daily drama is played out. Sofas will come and go over time, but the kitchen table remains, for years, as the altar of the home. It’s easy for us to cherish our kitchen tables; love just happens there, step by step, day by day. I’d love to hear your favorite kitchen table memory. (Write a post, email is fine, or leave a comment — whatever.)
Utility: It’s best not to spend a lot of money on the table, as you be fraught with worry. There will be scratches, spills, and the pencil marks from homework might go through the wood. Accept these “love taps” as marks of love. I have found, however, that it’s a good idea to spend enough money to make sure the legs are sturdy.
Lavishly Spread the Warmth With Friends: Sure, they will try to play a round of four-on-four in your living room, and then hold a wrestling match in your basement, but the good cheer will be worth it. Especially when they start one-upping each other with their worst injury stories ever. You will learn so… much… truly, you will.
Obligation: You may be called on to do service for others… providing shelter for gumdrops, engineering a way to affix graham crackers, and to remind others not to eat the glue. Note again here, why the sturdiness of the table is so critical.
Allow Quiet Time For Contemplation: Discovery, insight and a deeper understanding of our world can only happen in the stillness that occurs between our breaths. How many of us remember those moments of epiphany generated from kitchen table talks, late at night? Here, in this picture, he’s deep in thought, trying to figure out how to get the houses from Monopoly to fit on his fingertips. Whew! Talk about revelation and Epiphanies! I’m telling you, there is a lot of DEEP thoughts that go on around this house. (I don’t need to mention it again, do I? About the importance of a sturdy table?)
Creativity: There’s always something new under the sun. Keep yourself open to new possibilities, and protect the table with plenty of newspaper.
Love: This picture just speaks for itself. I have nothing more to add.