So you have to get a new table and chairs. Where to start… sometimes its about what we DO NOT want that is clearer than what we DO want. Strange, but workable. There is always more than one answer. As my mother would say, “There is more than one way to skin a cat.” To this day I do not like the visuals of that statement but I love the spirit of it! My parents were nomadic (armed services). Every three years they moved to a new location, different house, different state, different country. So when they had two kids and they lived in Kentucky in the early 1950’s, they saw a drop-leaf maple table handmade by a Kentucky craftsman. It was a fortune. Beyond their budget, beyond their lifestyle. It was 8-feet long when opened – beyond their family size and more importantly, beyond any room size they would have in the foreseeable future. But they just could not pass it up!
This is the table that I grew up setting and clearing… good times and difficult times. Food stuffing “exercises” when I would not eat my food, ravenously shoveling down my favorites, always sharing the experiences or laughter from my hilarious brother Paul. Did I mention that it became a family of nine with a dog? That table went to 14 different locations.
So now you know that you want a table that tells a story…. Who cares how many it can set?