“You might not want to sit in that chair.” I said to our guest last week as we all went to the kitchen table to eat dinner. “It’s kind of getting wobbly and I would hate for it to break when you sit down.”
He moved to a different chair and we had a good laugh over it. We then proceeded to tell our friends how we bought the kitchen table and six chairs used on Craigslist for about the price you’d pay for two new kitchen chairs.
Since then, it’s become much more worn, scratched, and covered with numerous dents and crayon markings. The chairs are mismatched and missing some of their spindles, and yes, a few are rather wobbly and in need of repair.
But it’s our table.
It’s lived through so many memories with us. It’s been the anchor for so many wonderful meals and conversations. We’ve gathered around it to meet new friends, share deep heart-to-heart talks, and read countless books together. It’s been the surface where we’ve kneaded bread dough, colored pictures, worked math problems, and pored over the atlas dreaming of trips to far away places.
Jesse asked me not too long ago if I’d like to replace our kitchen table with something nicer and newer. I immediately responded that if we ever need to replace it, I want to buy another well-used table.
Why? Because I don’t have to worry about the scratches and dents and pen marks when we buy it already good and used. They just blend right in! I’ve not had to worry whether someone added additional nicks and dings to our well-used table, so I’ve freely let the kids play with play dough, color, draw, cut, glue, pound, and everything else they do when crafting and creating.
Sure, our table wouldn’t win any award for being the most beautiful piece of furniture, but it’s been the catalyst for so many memories and so much creativity that it’s much more beautiful than any high-dollar dining room set would ever be to me. It’s our Craigslist table and we love it!