Yesterday began with a fight, today with a passing. Uncle Bob passed away after a long battle and he was one of the most fierce warriors out there. I remember quite a few times being told that he wasn’t doing well, and the odds were not in his favor, yet he kept going. I hope I can apply as much strength and fierceness to my battles as he did his.
A few months ago, maybe around 6 months or so ago, Uncle Bob moved to a facility where he would spend the rest of his days. He had left behind a fully furnished apartment and bestowed upon me a gift. He gave me a table. When I first moved, I had procured myself the Wal-Mart special table. I remember it was kinda of comical because there were 5 people at the house, but the table only fit 4. Someone (and yes, it is me) did not think ahead to maybe purchase a table that everyone could sit at together. So we have a stick out counter, and a stool like chair, and 4 people would sit at the table, while one took the time out chair at the counter. We rotated positions, so not one person was in time out every day.
Seriously, this existed.
He gifted me with his table.
This was a table with an insert. It had 6 chairs. That was one more than even needed! A whole extra chair! No one had to sit at the time out counter again, or wouldn’t if everyone was home for dinner, which always doesn’t happen. Still, a whole extra chair!
I never realized the importance of a table. How one thing can be such a hub of activity. Especially when it is big enough to fit everyone. The table has already hosted a Thanksgiving and Christmas, and not just any Thanksgiving and Christmas, but the first ones I have put on in my home.
Here is Uncle Sal, at the table, enjoying some quality time at Thanksgiving. He isn’t in the time out chair.
It has hosted hours of artwork. Sequins, and glue; flowers and cards. Girl1 even made news at the table when she made a card for a girl who just needed support. She made some art, shared her soul, all at the table.
Girl1 hates this picture and it keeps coming up. I love this picture because it is love.
This table is not like any other table. It isn’t just a flat surface. It has been mountains, villages, dungeons, campfires, as well as many other things when we gather around to play D&D. People joining us at this table to leave the real life behind for a few hours and go on adventures. The last adventure we were kidnapped and the table was a gladiator style arena filled with people looking for a good show. We didn’t disappoint.
That is 10 Orcs! 10 agressive orcs!
The elixir made her voice like sunshine rays. She inspired us to victory!
It is a place for long conversations over cups of coffee. A place to come home and just fold your arms on it and put your head down after a long day. It is a gathering spot for all occasions, happy and sad. Some days it is the place you put on some Pandora and just connect with each other. It was the spot for puzzle building.
Still isn’t finished yet. We’ll get there.
When is a table not a table? When it is where you connect with your family, friends, and loved ones.
Uncle Bob, you didn’t just bestow upon me a table. You gave me a spot where everyone has a chair, and there is always an extra one for whomever needs it. You gave me and the family a place to connect, to laugh, to cry, to be comforted, to be loved. You gave our home a center for a hub of activities, and it will continue to be so. Thank you for that gift, and for always being someone who would smile, give a funny sarcastic comment, and teach all that knew you that life deserves laughter. We will always have a chair ready for you.