Alternate title: The long version
My anniversary present has finally arrived!
So, it's time to say good-bye to the 20-plus year old hand-me-down table we have been using. Don't get me wrong. I've been very thankful for it. It has served us well and many, many nourishing meals have been served on its stained, chipped Formica top.
But, it's time to say good-bye to broken casters and using the office chair at the table when we want to be able to sit six people.
It's time to say good-bye to the torn, vinyl chairs that Elizabeth says, "scratch her bottom".
It's also time to say good-bye to the ability to rock my babies to sleep while sitting at the kitchen table. Each chair had it's own characteristic squeaks and groans that helped soothe even my grumpiest baby.
But, now we welcome a newer, classier table to our home. Somehow I feel more grown up and mature in its presence. I know it will witness many special meals and conversations through the years to come.This morning it was christened with maple syrup, jelly, crumbs and drips of milk. Welcome to the family!