Thursday, April 19, 2012

Keeping the Old


This is my coffee table in my family room.  Back in the day when my husband was getting his doctorate and we were freshly married and young, friends of ours were moving and gave us this coffee table.  That was around 25 years ago.

This table has seen two children who would take their very first steps around the perimeter and bang whatever toy was in their hands on the table top.  My daughter loved Sesame Street weebles (they do not fall down) and my son loved his plastic hammer.  I cannot count how many drinks were spilled.  That is how this lovely table inherited it's distressed lived in look.

Our previous dog, Zoe, loved to lay under it and cool off on a hot day throughout the summer. We have thought of replacing this table, but I just can't do it.  There are too many memories and gosh, it's solid wood!!!  Our dear Frodo "hides" under the table when we are trying to catch him.  How could I possibly take his safety zone away?

Joining Lady Cordelia


17 comments:

  1. That is possibly one of the most beautiful tables ever. It's painted with love. I wouldn't be able to get rid of it either.

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  2. I love it- that table is a keeper of so many lovely memories.

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  3. Karen, I love the memories your table holds. My kitchen table has the same distressed look and it's own stories, something I wouldn't trade for anything.
    I hope you are having a lovely day.
    Congratulations on your giveaway win, I can't think of anyone more deserving and I am looking forward to seeing the beautiful knit you create.

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  4. I could not get rid of it either. It has stories to tell and many more stories to come. So enjoy it. It has served well and will continue to provide a great service to you and your family of all kinds.

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  5. The fact that it survived two kids, now that is a good table!

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  6. Solid wood - you don't find that too often anymore!

    The majority of my furniture was passed down through my family, eventually ending up in my home. While it may not be the style I would choose if I had to pick out furniture myself, I couldn't imagine any other pieces in their place. So many memories.

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  7. Absolutely. What wonderful memories. I couldn't let go either.

    And you are correct in your comment on my blog today, my girls they keep me entertained everyday, it would be a sad world without them.

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  8. Love this! Made me think of a post I did a while back. I am no longer seeing the marks and scratches... it's love. Thanks for sharing this!!

    http://whomatterskelly.blogspot.com/2012/01/through-different-eyes.html

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  9. What a great table and so full of memories. And all the scratches and dents make it even better :) Our kitchen table is turning into the piece I don't think I will ever be able to part with. Every little mark, every little spill, every family meal we share there, just so many wonderful memories.

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  10. Well, I love the old! I am with you. Have a blessed day, Tami

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  11. I love the old! My parents considered throwing out my late grandmother's rocking chair....gasp! I made them promise to set it in the basement until I can pick it up. So many memories can be held in a piece of furniture! I can understand you not wanting to replace that table.

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  12. What a wonderul story. Babies holding onto the table.... I love it, thank you for sharing!

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  13. Yep-sweet memories and solid wood; it's gotta stay!

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  14. A beautiful piece. Perfect for keeping around and passing along to the next generation.

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  15. It's a beautiful table and all the memories attached to it make it even more so.

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  16. I loved this story, Karen. I am with you on holding on to the special pieces that have shared our stories. blessings ~ Tanna

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  17. Sweet! I love this post! I totally feel the same way about our coffee table- only about 8 years old- but still from our wedding and since then my style has changed.
    But a made a decision to keep it and stop looking to replace it. It has the memory of both my kids learning to walk around it as toddlers (I got a circular one with foresight) and I love that memory.

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