My husband and I purchased our dining room table some years ago, after I passed the stage of the large glass table we bought for our apartment eating area when we got married. This one is well-made out of real wood and, while we didn’t have kids when we got it, it seemed like the perfect “family” table, especially with the accompanying leaf.
It still looks pretty nice when it’s all decorated up, but remove the place mats and centerpiece and you’ll see that the surface isn’t nearly as smooth and shiny as it was when it was new.
But do you know why I still love this table? Because when the girls pull out the paints or the play dough, I don’t have to hurry and find something to cover and protect my table. We try to wipe up the milk quickly when it spills, but it’s not a major disaster. While I teach our girls to be careful, I’m not obsessed with keeping my tabletop perfect.
When the kids are much older, I may decide to replace this table. Or, those faint scratches, dings and stains may mean all the more to me then.
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