Last month, I made a rough outline of some of the topics related to family meals that we might write about this month. It was nice to have some guiding ideas down on paper, but I knew that real life would probably take us in different directions.
I thought we’d write for a few days about making a beautiful table, but we’ve already discovered that perfect place settings aren’t that important to us. The photo above is a typical view of our dining room table. The bowls of oranges are practical – they’re on sale right now, and it’s a snack that the kids can reach and prepare themselves.When it’s time to eat, we usually clear off the toys and books – straight to the built-in shelf in the background. Because that’s what built-ins were made for, right?
Martha Stewart-style dining room tables are great, but our table rarely gets that dressed up these days. The best word to describe our table is utilitarian. It’s a busy, hard working table, just like us. We live with a fair amount of chaos, but it’s a happy, comfortable chaos. And I’m sure that Martha’s table is happy and comfortable in it’s own way – there’s not one right way to do dining room tables.
What’s your table like? How much chaos can you live with? How much control do you think you need?