It's time for our favorite party over at Coloradolady's place - - - Vintage Thingies Thursday.
I've only got ONE vintage thingie today, and here it is:
This little kitchen table and chair set belonged to my maternal grandparents.
Several years ago when we moved into this house, we had an empty place in our kitchen right under a hangy downy light fixture. My dad, who was helping us bring in boxes, looked at that spot and said, "Would you like your Grandpa Butcher's kitchen table to put there?"
WOULD I LIKE IT!?!?!? Let me recite the ways - - - - - - -
I have so many memories of eating and playing at this table in my grandparent's kitchen.
Grandma sneaking us a glass of milk-coffee when mom wasn't looking.
Grandpa, with a twinkle in his eyes, leaning back in one of those very same chairs and beginning to recite one of the ballad poems he memorized when he was in eighth grade. "The Irish Jubilee" and "Hans and Jacob" were our two favorites. He told "Hans and Jacob" in a thick German accent, which I can still hear in my mind's ear.
For a little digression - - - how I WISH I had a recording of him telling us those tales, but we never made one. I'd even settle for a printed copy of them.
I remember one evening sitting at that table my little sister was so homesick she couldn't even swallow her food. Great big tears were welling up in her eyes and threatening to spill down her cheeks and over her chin. Mom and dad were working for the week at Teen Camp, and we were too little to go.
I was undaunted, having never felt a moment of homesickness in my life.
I remember Grandpa sitting at this table nibbling beer case cheese. Have you ever tasted beer case cheese? BETTER QUESTION - - - have you ever SMELLED beer case cheese??????? Oh, you have NO idea what you're missing.
And now the little table is mine. All mine.
It wears the marks of having been well loved and well used.
My friend Vangie, who is an antique dealer, tells me it is called a "sellers table," though she doesn't know why. I've googled and googled for more information - - - but as yet, its history is a mystery.
That's OK by me, because I KNOW the history that's important - - - the history this little table has had with our family.
Linking this post to Thrifty Thursday over at Leigh's too. The table was a gift - - - that's free - - - I'm declaring that qualifies it as thrifty.