Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tablescape Thursday-Miracles do happen
I'm late!!!! But better late than never.
For this week's tablescape I am not posting anything new. What, nothing new? Why then are you posting? Well, I need to prove to everyone that miracles really do happen.
I started participating in this weekly tablescaping party as an excuse to show off some of my plates that I collect. I hadn't really expected it to be anything more than that. But it has finally turned into something so much more. So much more, that I would classify it as a full blown miracle.
Let me go back a little in time for you to explain why I consider this a miracle. I grew up in a family who always ate dinner together at the table. Each night we would gather as a family to sit down to the table to enjoy the dinner my mom had prepared for us (we usually did help). Even when I got married for the first time & had my son, we ate dinner at our small little table. But when I got divorced, that all changed. My son and I started eating at the coffee table by the TV. I can hear you all gasp now. I know, I know, I was turning to the dark side. We just found it easier to eat this way. Well, we at least sat on the floor at the coffee table. So technically, we were still eating at a table. (Am I good at justifying or what?)
But as my son got older, he would start taking his dinner to his room to eat & I just plopped down on the couch to eat. We were no longer eating as a family or even eating at any kind of table.
Flash forward to 2006. That is the year I got married to my current & fabulous husband and we purchased our first home. When we moved to our home we combined 2 households of furniture and we are lucky enough to have not one but two dining room tables. So you'd think that since we were a new combined family (his son moved in with as well) that we would start eating together as a family sitting at one of the tables.
But no, this did not happen. We had all been so used to eating at the couch, or in our rooms. So that is how my household has worked. We never really thought about it. We only sat & ate at our table if we had company. That's what tables were for, company, not for regular family meals. And we were fine with that. Time for an intervention.
Well, a week or so back my sister, who shall remain nameless, ratted us out. She told all of you that we don't even eat at our table. I know you all were in shock. So, I decided it was time to change. It was time we officially became a family & start eating at our table.
So what better way to start our rehab program than with Valentine's Day and using a table I set up for Tablescape Thursday. Well it was a combo of the 2 tables I had previously shown you. So here is the proof that miracles really do happen. We are actually eating dinner at our table with real plates, silverware & glasses. And we don't have any company. It's just us, enjoying a pleasurable family dinner. Can you beilieve it? I know my family won't. That is why I am posting a photo as proof. They would never believe me without proof.
We had a faboulous dinner of steak, garlic mashed potatoes, corn, salad, shrimp cocktail & I had broccoli (no one else in my family likes it). I gave each person a little box full of candy. For dessert we had Valentine Funfetti cupcakes. And of course, my family had to have Pepsi to drink. I should own stock in that company. We had great conversation & no one was killed or maimed in the process. I would call it one successful dinner.
Aren't you proud of me? I know what you next question is, "Have you continued to eat at your table since Valentine's Day?". Well, I hate to admit that the answer is no. Baby steps people, baby steps!!! Our rehab will be slow, but I feel that someday we will work up to eating at our table as a family for at least a few nights a week. Can you ask for more than that? Don't answer that question.
Now surf on over to visit Susan at Between Naps On The Porch to see the links to all the fabulous tablescapes for this week. Who knows, tablescaping might just make a miracle happen for you. I know it did for me.