What is the most important piece of furniture in your home?
The answer to the question of the most important piece of furniture for each family may be varied. I came to my answer when I was just 18 while hearing a speech presented by a fellow student in college.
Her speech was about the importance of table manners and told an embarrassing event in her life of eating out with a boyfriends family and how her lack of social graces prompted her to educate herself on the proper etiquette of eating at a table with others.
I can remember during her speech being thankful for my parents who prepared meals and we all sat down together and ate as a family.
The dining table has always been the most important piece of furniture for my family.
It is at the table where my children learned table manners and how they were expected to behave during meals. It was also where we discussed our days of victories and defeats.
Social skills were developed and the minor act of taking turns and passing food were important keys to developing a consciousness of others needs before our own. It was also a place where we, as a family, worked as a team by setting the table, discussing and sharing of ideas, and clearing the table to do the dishes.
Our table was a place we met three times a day when my children were small and at least once a day as they grew older. It was at that table we wielded a relationship of love that persevered through anger, disappointment, and misunderstandings. I have often been told how close-knit my family appears to be with one another. It was at our dining table we began that bond.
What Is Your Families’ Most Important Piece Of Furniture?