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Tacitly Yours

Missing: One kitchen table (and maybe a few chairs)

A kitchen table is one of those things I didn't think was very important to me. But now that I don't have one I am beginning to gain a new appreciation for its sturdy legs, spacious table top and, of course, the chairs that typically surround it.

Walking into our new house, it is pretty obvious that something is missing. I think the biggest hint is the hanging light fixture that is currently hanging over, well, nothing. Every once in awhile I will turn on the light fixture and try to envision a shiny new kitchen table sitting underneath it. While that is a nice way to pass the time every now and then, it certainly doesn't bring me any closer to having a real, tangible table.

I do realize that it is probably a little strange to not have a kitchen table. And to tell you the truth we do have one, but it is currently disguised as a scrapbook table in my craft room. The chairs that used to surround that table have also found new positions around the house, two flank a cabinet in our living room, one is standing tall in the bedroom and the other is still paired with the table in the craft room.

The reason this table never made its way to its proper location under the aforementioned hanging light fixture is because of me. I like the table enough, I just think that we need a larger table in our larger space. I also refused to put the table there because I didn't want us to get used to it there and never get around to picking up a new one.

The first few weeks without a kitchen table didn't really bother me. But now I'm starting to get a little tired of eating dinner over the coffee table. Even my husband mentioned that he is looking forward to getting a new table. That's right, he's actually getting tired of eating in front of the television every night.

I also realize that I have taken my kitchen table for granted in the past. I always just assumed it would be there, standing strong, serving as a place I could put everything from mail to freshly baked cookies.

Now that I know the perils of life without a kitchen table I am hoping that we can go out this weekend and find the perfect one to fill the empty space in our house. I just hope my husband gets the hint.

. Elena Olmstead can be contacted at (509) 837-4500, or e-mail her at eolmstead@eaglenewspapers.com

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