about The Table Today...
I have always loved an esthetically beautiful table, not just because of what is seen, but because creating a beautiful table and beautiful food is a labor of love and a prelude to the fellowship that follows. I'm not talking about whether the table is ornate or the food has the right umami. It could be a picnic blanket on the ground, a simple rustic table in a field, or an elegant table at an event.
Recently while my husband Doc, and I were in Austin visiting our wonderful daughter Kaitlyn, her partner Mitch, and their two boys Liam & Beckett, an interesting conversation ensued that inspired the launch of "The Table Today." This conversation began with the importance of the family table. Whether gathered for a meal, or just a spontaneous moment where you find yourself sitting at the table with someone, the significance is often missed. We talked about the potential impact of what happens there on those who have gathered, especially our children. The dialogue included the topics of the relevancy of table manners for our times, honoring others, making impressions, imparting self-confidence, and preparing our children for life.
The conversation stayed in my thoughts. I reflected on my childhood and the wonderful, impactful things that were exchanged, taught, and experienced when my Mom, Dad, and 5 sisters came to the table.
I thought about my children... the after school snacks with homework, the arts & crafts, ...the cooking & talking that had occurred at our table over the years.
I thought about the countless moments, activities, and conversations, that happen as people gather at the table, and about how important the table is.
I was inspired. Consequently, I invited my daughters Nic & Danielle to join me, and "The Table Today." was born.