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If This Table Could Talk

Today I want to celebrate this spot: our dining table.

This round black table hasn't been around forever. In fact it was purchased in January 2012, a few months after Chris had moved out. The previous long rectangle table we owned together fit better in his house and I was open to getting a new one.

A fresh start for new stories.

Along the way I purchased some chairs from Ikea and the grey couch from Overstock.com (originally purchased for another room until I wondered if it would fit in this spot) which is definitely the favorite feature of the kids and the cat.

I love this space.

It gets used every day for meals, for conversation, for homework, for coloring, for reading. I love the windows that wrap around and the different light that comes in over the course of the day. I love opening the windows when it's pouring rain just to hear the sound as it comes down through the trees and onto the patio or on those early days of spring and summer to bring in fresh air.

This table has seen and heard many things. Harsh words and kind words. Tears and laughter. Giggles and jokes between siblings. It's been piled on and spilled on more times than I can count in it's life with us. It's been a resting place for adults and kids alike.

I take at least a couple photos there every month because it's such an anchor in our lives.

Sometimes a kid or two is sitting there doing whatever it is they are into at the moment. Sometimes there's simply evidence of our existence: books, computers, the newspaper, or a set table waiting for companionship. Sometimes I'll place my camera on the kitchen counter and use the timer to make sure I'm captured in the mix.

The things we own are pieces of our stories.

If this table could talk it would tell stories of breakfasts, lunches, snacks, dinners, drinks consumed, old and new friends, lives shared, computers, newspapers, coffee, hot cocoa with marshmallows, coloring books, homework, Santa letters, cut flowers, plans made, books read aloud, laughter, tears, laughter that turns to tears, birthdays, wishes, legos built, taxes, best part of the day/worst part of the day sharing, strategies for getting Simon to try more foods, secrets whispered, frustrations expressed, forgiveness granted, Anna jumping up and down on the couch and me telling her to sit on her bottom (over and over again), holidays celebrated, songs sung, manners taught and re-taught, one too many bean & cheese tostadas to ever count and so much more.

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.comIf This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

If This Table Could Talk | Storytelling Ideas From aliedwards.com

Is there a story you can tell about a piece of furniture or an area in your house? What stories would that piece/space tell if it could talk?

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  1. Becky M says…
    07/01/2014

    Great inspiration! Thank you!

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  2. Michele H. says…
    07/01/2014

    This is such a wonderful, brilliant post Ali!

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  3. Tammy says…
    07/01/2014

    Ali, you have such a gift for sharing life while inspiring all of us the take a moment and enjoy life. Th caption "If this table could talk" illustrates the reality of our gathering places. Thanks for sharing and reflecting with us! Oh, is the sofa curved, as it appears to fit gently along the window and table.
    PEACE,
    Tammy

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    1. Ali says…
      07/01/2014

      Hi Tammy - thank you :). It is curved - it was seriously made for that space.

  4. Leslie S. says…
    07/01/2014

    Love this post Ali. Such great stories around that table. I have those same feelings about the table that used to be in my parents dining room where I grew up. So many great memories. Thanks for sharing those.

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  5. Mel says…
    07/01/2014

    So inspiring and a lovely example of 'pushing' (that's not the right word) the story. You could have said one or two paragraphs but instead kept going extracting every perfect drop of it and what a story it is. Always loved that place in your home.

    I'm sure I could do the same with the table on our patio. Thanks as ever for the inspiration.

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  6. TracieClaiborne says…
    07/01/2014

    This is one of the most heartfelt and wonderful blog posts you've ever done. Love it! I regret that we don't sit around our table more. It's in the dining room (our kitchen is small) and we rarely sit there. I wish I had photos like this!

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  7. Angela Ezzell says…
    07/01/2014

    I love this. What a cool idea. I love the photos showing time and memories.

    I'd love to read more techniques for getting Simon to try new foods. I have two boys who like to stick to what they know.

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  8. Anna says…
    07/01/2014

    What a great post!! It's the most inspiring text I've read in a long time. This (the everyday-stuff-posts from you) make me look at my scrapbooking/project life in a different way. Thank you!!

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  9. Teri H. says…
    07/01/2014

    Oh, George. That photo made me giggle.

    The kitchen table is the heart of the home. What a beautiful reflection for your family. What a great story to scrapbook.

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  10. K8 says…
    07/01/2014

    That sofa is genius! Love the pic of George!

    k8

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  11. Jen says…
    07/01/2014

    I love your writing. You capture the depth and the flow of everyday so well. Very inspiring and thought provoking about my own families stories. Enjoying seeing you doing more wiring and traditional layouts. Better than ever! Thanks Ali.

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  12. annie samuels says…
    07/01/2014

    I loved this, Ali.
    Thank you.

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  13. Mary S says…
    07/01/2014

    Thanks for the inspiration Ali. I think I'll copy this and do a page about our kitchen table. I have so many pictures of holidays, coloring eggs, carving pumpkins, homework, even car part repairs! Thanks for a great idea.

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  14. Kim says…
    07/01/2014

    I truly believe that the dining room table and the various people who gather around it make the heart of the home. Just like you I love using our table for so much more than serving food. And I'm glad I've shared some really memorable times at that round table too.

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  15. Debbie in AZ says…
    07/01/2014

    Wonderful post and great scrapping idea!

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  16. Liz H says…
    07/01/2014

    Love this, Ali! You've inspired me to collect a similar set with our dining room table. I hadn't thought of the collection before, but I love it!

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  17. Karen Freeman says…
    07/01/2014

    This is such an awesome post. Love the way you look at things.

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  18. Darcie says…
    07/01/2014

    This is why I love following you. I don't know that I would have ever thought to tell a story about different pieces of furniture in our home, but with 7 kids and 25 years, I'm sure there are a few pieces that have stories to tell. Thank you for this - inspiration at it's best.

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  19. Brandice says…
    07/01/2014

    I love this post. And I love that your cat gets on the table. I have one of those, too. It's like they want to be part of the family and not miss out on anything.

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  20. Diane says…
    07/01/2014

    What a fabulous post on your blog - and kuddos to Cathy Zielske for sharing it in her Facebook - it popped up and waited for me to come home from work, run an errand for a gift I need to take tonight to Pokeno after dinner with hubby! Life - it's always interesting and reading about the everyday of others - is fascinating. I'm so happy you are a blogger of the memories created and treasured.

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  21. Nicolle - Libby Lane Press says…
    07/01/2014

    I love the part about best part of the day/worst part of the day - that's a daily table talk ritual in our house too

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  22. Lisa W. says…
    07/01/2014

    Ahhhhhhh Ali...I LOVE this post. Its like I'm talking with a dear friend! I love how you SEE things like some of do. Sometimes when my kids are all around and you just are "looking" at observing when they simply think were have a conversation. Watching them eat, read. Love it!!! Mine would be "if this bar could talk" One side is counter the other has bar stools where we do most of our eating. I JUST got done having a 30 min. or so conversation with my daughter. She works long hours at a vet clinic and is studying to be a vet. She had a long lONG day. Lots of sick puppies:( And while listening I just thought what a beautiful caring, thoughtful young lady, I'm a luck lady! So to read this post just made my heart sing! I LOVED exspecially the picture of Anna and your parents! Some bittersweet memories. Thank you for the idea, I will be setting my timer and getting some of these prescious moments!

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  23. Janet K says…
    07/02/2014

    Love this idea!! Thank you for sharing a great prompt.

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  24. Jan Kelly says…
    07/02/2014

    Your children are super blessed to have you as their mom!! I wish you had been my mom when I was little...

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  25. Cindy B says…
    07/02/2014

    Ali, while I LOVE this post I noticed the books and I also have IT STARTS WITH FOOD and THE $100 Startup.. great minds think alike.. LOL!

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