More Than Food: Lessons From A Kitchen Table

The kitchen table is a powerful piece of furniture in your home. It's the place where meals are served and families can come together and talk about what happened during their day. It's also serves as a place where memories are made — from making real exploding volcanoes, to practicing your times tables or learning to take apart and rebuild your home computer. What did you learn at your table?

In my own home, we used the kitchen table practically every night. That was back when there were only 40 channels of television instead of 400 and it was easier to pry yourself away and have a decent sit-down meal as a family. We'd discuss all the things that happened that day: my father's work, my mother's stories, the gross thing my brother found on the way home from school, or the cool thing I made in art class that week.

Now, as spaces seem to grow smaller and many are without garages or workrooms, your kitchen table is even more often the main work space for many. After family chats, my kitchen table was also where I learned to latch hook my first rug (yeah I'm a craft nerd). It was where I rebuilt my first lawnmower engine, and also the place where I learned how to sew.

We think about the kitchen table and the food-related memories it offers, but it's always good to remember the balance that this strong piece of furniture can bring to the lives of our children and ourselves as well. With back to school season in full swing, it seems like the appropriate time to reflect upon such memories. What did you learn at your kitchen table? Share your thoughts below!

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Sarah Trover has lived all across the Midwest and currently calls the hot dog-laden city of Chicago home. She rides scooters and seeks out kitchens that make the best pie.