Blogging from A to Z Challenge: D is for… (#AtoZChallenge)

Welcome to my April 2021 Great and Powerful Blogging from A to Z Challenge!

I’ve revealed my theme (Photos and Stories), and once again, in spite of the best laid plans (who am I kidding, there were no plans, only aspirations) I am going to be blogging my theme letters on the fly.  So, here goes nothing!

Today, D is for Dining Room Table. This is Kevin’s familys dining room table. I asked Kevin if he remembered a time before this table, and he said no. It was always in his house growing up. Kevin’s mom and dad built their house, and Kevin’s remembrance was that his mom and dad took money they got for their wedding and bought this table, it’s five chairs, and a China cabinet, which we also have now. This table is amazing, it has so many leaves it can fit fourteen people which may not seem like a lot to some, but to me it’s a lot of people to have at one dinner table. The trick is to make sure the middle leg doesn’t get shoved out of alignment when putting in the extra leaves.

I wonder, why do dining room tables come with four armless chairs and one with arms. Or sometimes, I guess, six chairs, one with arms? Who gets the chair with the arms? And is that the best way to be comfortable while eating? It’s a mystery.

This table has sadly not been used much lately. The past year has out a kibosh on any dinner plans with friends and family, as it has for so many. But we are looking forward to a full table sometime in the future once it is safe for us to get together again.

 

Thanks for visiting my 2021 A to Z Challenge – Letter D.  You can find links to more blogs participating in this challenge at A to Z 2021 Challenge Master List (Google Docs).

Posted on April 4, 2021, in A to Z Challenge, photography, Photos I took, Writing and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. Nice looking table. Maybe the arms are for the “head of the house.”

  2. The chairs with arms go at the ends of the table; the ones without go along the sides. We had a big dining room table at home (we got 20 around it one time) and I lost count of the number of times I put leaves in and took them out and the number of times I set it.

    Dining room tables gather memories like crazy….

    • But why is there always only one armchair but two table ends? I know, I know, head of the household, but seems to me we have a holdover patriarchal chair system going on here… And yes, dining room tables and memories!

      • There should be two armchairs, one for each end. The side chairs have no arms so more people will fit (the arms take up space). As for it having something to do with patriarchy, the other head of the household (typically the wife) would sit at the other end of the table, although my grandmother sat next to my grandfather and their son took the other end. I’m sure this is all codified in Emily Post’s or Amy Vanderbilt’s book of etiquette, must reading in our house (seriously, it was; I’ve somehow forgotten what kind of socks the chauffeur is supposed to wear when he’s in uniform…)

  3. We have six dining chairs, including two with arms. I think chairs with arms are meant to be more ergonomic, but we only use them when we have guests, and as you say that doesn’t happen much these days! How lovely to have this family heirloom.

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