Something I think is nice to think about is the kitchen table. On the other hand I think it’s kind of sad at the same time because in so many homes it has lost its relevance. And what I mean by that is, these days, families tend to sit in the living room or go off into the den to eat in front of the TV set. Now I am not saying that families don’t eat together anymore-though some seldom do-but I am saying it’s just not the same as it was when the kitchen was the gathering place especially for the evening meal. But, way back when, before computers, blackberries and such, the old table in the kitchen was more than just a table, it was the center of family life and being with those you love.
Let me give you a little history of the kitchen in the table and why I really do think it is nice to think about. You see there has been more letters written and read at the table in the kitchen than anywhere else. There have been more conferences around the kitchen table than all the big, fancy conference rooms in the world. More newspapers have been read and more debates have occurred at the kitchen table than anywhere else, too. And, it was once a wishing place. That is, more mail order catalogs have been looked at, right there at the table in the kitchen, and more orders filled out… even if they never were sent in. I guess that’s why so many people call mail-order catalogs, dream books.
When it comes to art, there has been more crayon masterpieces created and coloring books filled at the kitchen table then all the pictures painted since the invention of the brush. In fact, in days gone by, little children have built more airplanes and cars at the kitchen table than all the big automobile manufacturers have worldwide.
Of course, the kitchen table is a happy place most of the time. Where else has more checkers, chess and other fun games been played… like monopoly? On the other hand, who hasn’t sat at the kitchen table to sort out a problem or even to shed a few tears?
The table in the kitchen was one the most friendly and private place in the entire world when we wanted some place to go just to think things over. Yet, it was also a place where once we told our best jokes and had our greatest belly laughs. But what was really great about the table in the kitchen is that it was always where families got together to enjoy their meals and share their thoughts and daily experiences and where friends were made to feel most at home when they came to visit. It was where neighbors mostly ended up for a hot cup of coffee and good conversation. And of course, the kitchen had always been a place where people join in giving thanks for holiday meals and holiday cheer.
There have also been more birthday cakes cut and served at the table in the kitchen, more candles lit and blown out than anywhere else. But what was most important is that so much love went around and came around the table in the kitchen and that is what really made it such a nice place to be.
Things have changed these days of course but, I still say that the kitchen table is really nice to think about.
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