Wednesday, July 21, 2010

It's About Time for Picnic Tables!!

As summer approaches, it is time to drag (literally) out the picnic table. Picnic tables have almost become a thing of the past, due to patios and patio tables, much more comfortable on the back. But I am nostalgic about picnic tables.

Years ago,when we bought our second house, we had started our small family of two tiny girls. With a huge back yard and an equally huge tree, I wanted a picnic table. We had a screened porch for furniture, no patio, so a picnic table seemed perfect. Excitedly, we got a kit from the big box store, and brought it home to put together. It went together without incident, but the wood was soooo green it still leaked sticky sap. We couldn't use it for awhile, but eventually we were able to, and for the girls it became a stage, a covered wagon, a hiding place, and who knows what else. The girls preferred to eat their little lunches on summer days with  a blanket on the grass, or take lunch boxes up to their tree house. So the picnic table sat. In later years I stored the picnic table in the shed. It was a pain to move each time we mowed.

A few years ago I got out the old table and slapped some white paint on it. Every summer I drag it out of the shed now, and position it under the big old tree where the tree house used to be. We still don't use it much, but I love to look out and see it there.

But I didn't get it dragged back into the shed this winter, and it looked pretty sad.

Here are a few other picnic tables. Don't they make you want one?

Wow! She IS the picnic table!

I'll take this one on the beach!

Oops! All I ever get are squirrels at my picnic table!

Can't wait to do a few tablescapes on the old picnic table this summer! See you then!

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Laura said...

I wish we had pictures of the treehouse in that tree that you could post. Mama, do we have any that you can scan in? If it were still there, I could crawl up there with my eyes closed, even today. I remember how every board felt and where to grab to avoid splinters and where to sit to avoid getting your butt pinched by the uneven boards!

The Tablescaper said...

What a great story. It's amazing how things bring back memories. For me it was a childhood book and for you a picnic table. I can't wait to see what tablescapes you put together, under the tree, on the picnic table.

It's great having you be a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I'd love the one on the beach too-beautiful! Happy Sunday:@)

Kathleen said...

I had one like that, I gave it away. It was redwood, and my neighbor is into redwood, and refinished it.

I loved your story! I am sure it holds sweet memories of your girls!

Here from Seasonal Sunday!