"Sharing a meal with people you love is timeless and one of life's most fulfilling pleasures." -- Art Smith
I don't think there is anything more loving you can do than prepare and share a meal for family and friends. I love planning the menu, finding the perfect recipes, shopping for the freshest food, cooking, setting the table and welcoming my family and friends to the table.
The above table is the first table I purchased when I moved into my first unfurnished apartment. The little "ice cream" set was priced at $99.00. I couldn't really afford it, but I chatted a little, smiled a lot, and in the way only a 21 year old would dare, I explain I only had $250 to furnish my little apartment. He gave it to me for $50. It was the table Roger and I used for a short time after we married almost 31 years ago. If we had family or friends for a meal, we would remove the glass top, wire a piece of plywood to the base and cover it with my Grandmother's tablecloth. No one was the wiser. We gave away the matching chairs long ago, but the table has accompanied us across the country a couple of times. It is now outside and will be the perfect place for afternoon tea with a friend or a quiet evening cocktail.
We've changed tables several times since we camouflaged that little yellow table.
Each served us well as a dining table, and
has long been reassigned.
As I walked around taking pictures of the tables we have used, or are still using, my heart flooded with memories of the faces of family and friends who have gathered to eat, tell stories, make plans, laugh and pray together. We have celebrated holidays, birthdays, graduations and weddings around these tables. More important than the table we sat around, or the special occasions we marked, is that we made time, no matter our schedules, each evening to sit down, over a meal, as a family and celebrated just being together.
Nothing makes me more joyful than to prepare dinner and linger around the table with those I love.
Time passes swiftly...
The dishes can wait...
Sit with me at the table a little longer.