Thursday, September 20, 2018

THE Table

Many, many moons ago we had a coffee table.  We were newlyweds and had moved to Pensacola, FL for my husband's flight training.  We owned two bar stools, a dresser and a bed.  That was it.  We purchased a hatch cover that came from an old Liberty ship.  We found a welder who made us two legs and created our "table".  

That table traveled to all of our future military stations with us and eventually became the center of our homes.  The children grew and the table saw many little cars and trucks raced on it, building blocks were stacked on it, forts were made by covering it and it eventually became doll ballroom floors and other imaginary items.  

Eventually the kids headed off to college and we relocated.  The hatch cover became a coffee table in a college apartment and made more memories.  In the end, it ended up stored in the garage awaiting a much needed makeover.

Last week was my husband's birthday and our son refinished it for the occasion.  It's like having an old friend back in your life.  We're ready for more memories to be made on it.  





I remember the little holes in the handles always held small treasures.  Things have not changed with a new set of young ones around.  




I tried to locate some old photos of it, but WHY would I have taken pictures of a table before I started blogging?  The photos I do have of it are faded and it is generally covered with gift wrap from Christmas, games or toys.

The winner of my Words to Live By giveaway goes to RNG Sharon.  I've sent you an e-mail, Sharon.  If I do not receive a response in a week, I will draw a new winner.

21 comments:

Quilting Babcia said...

Your post brought tears to my eyes. Precious memories all wrapped up in a table that has seen so much over the years. Your son did a fabulous job with the refinishing/restoration.

Janice said...

OH, I love this story! What a special table. :)

LA Paylor said...

the table is beautiful but the cows... now we're talking!

OPQuilt said...

What a terrific story, Mary! I loved reading this, and just felt as if we were included in such a lovely history. How wonderful that yours came full circle.

Lynne Stucke said...

What a treasure!!! Ours was an old cable spool I got for free, sanded for days and days, and then finished with many coats of polyurethane. It, too, traveled with us to many duty stations and retired in honor in our home until we 'downsized' into a small apartment. Sadly, it went to live with someone else at that time; prayerfully making memories for them! I frequently wish I had it back . . . ENJOY your table!!!!

Maria said...

I loved your story Mary and pleased the precious table is back to build more memories...

Ramona said...

What a wonderful gift! It’s a beautiful table...just needs one of your gorgeous minis in the corner.

dq said...

I loved reading your table story. The restoration is fabulous, and those little toy cows in the hole are so precious.

beth s said...

What a beautiful story.

Rhonda said...

What great memories & what a neat restoration for hubby's special day!

Shez said...

Hi Mary wow what a beautiful coffee table ,love that shine ,your son did a wonderful job of restoring it.,and what a beautiful history this table has,thankyou for sharing with us my friend xx

Kim said...

Oh, the beautiful stories your coffee table could tell. Stories of many happy family times and lovely memories. Fabulous it is now pride and place in your home once again, ready for the collating of new stories. Your son has done a marvellous job in restoring this much loved table. Such a lovely post, Mary.

krislovesfabric said...

Great story Mary, what a special heirloom to treasure!

Cheree @ The Morning Latte said...

What a beautiful story! Brought tears to my eyes! Hope it's ok if I link it in my little blog this morning?

Anne / Springleaf Studios said...

What a wonderful story full of so many memories. That simple piece of wood is rich with all the little hands that have touched it over the years. Your post is actually making me rethink some of our furniture. I cherish the pieces I have from our ancestors but have never given much thought to our own things and the history they have.

Loris said...

That is a sweet treasure! I like the cows too :-)

Sandie @ crazy'boutquilts said...

What a special table!

My Sister Made Me Do It.... said...

How wonderful that your Son did that for you! What a special table!

Soma @ whimsandfancies.com said...

So wonderful. I made me smile that you held onto the table. It looks so beautiful and became the centre of your home again. More memories will be created around the little table!! A Very Happy Birthday to your husband!!

-Soma

Benita Skinner said...

Your home is so cozy and welcoming, Mary.
Wonderful refinish...and I love the nook for small toys!

As for a temporary fix to your comment issue.
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Debra Graham said...

What a lovely story.