Last Friday, I was suddenly struck with a thought.
“What if I culled through our family pictures for those with HH and the kids in their early years?
What if I spread them all over the dining table?
What if we ate in there for Father’s Day?
After collecting a pile of photos on Friday, I set everything out early the next day while HH was away. The table was already set with cloth and centerpiece from having friends over, so I set fresh dishes and silverware.
The greenery wasn’t as fresh as originally, so I added branches of Rosemary for a nice scent.
I placed the photographs all around.
The photos were arranged so that each person at the table had plenty to view of all ages and types, and a few around the centerpiece, too.
One special group pic was under each clear salad plate – a fun one with special memories, reminders that Dad was always there, hugging, laughing, loving…excuse me while I get a tissue.
I admit the table wasn’t all that pretty. It looked pretty messy, actually. But, pretty wasn’t the really the point this time.
Above all, it was a huge hit! We all loved sitting and looking at the pictures.
We laughed, some cried (well, maybe just me), and we reminisced about the good ol’ days. This was the best Father’s Day gift I could have given to HH! (That was the point.) We all were blessed by it, not only HH.
He even caught Fun Son snapping a pic with his phone to send to someone…probably Sweet One (wink).
I had an inkling we would enjoy this table of pictures…but I had no idea how deeply meaningful it would be for us all.
Do you think you could forego beauty to enjoy all the memories? Don’t you agree it’s worth it?
I’m sharing this post at Tablescape Thursday.