For 40 years, the kitchen table has been a place of memories and more [I Know a Story column] | Together


Our kitchen table is nothing out of the ordinary. It has a wood grain Formica finish with very strong tubular chrome legs that support the table. making it solid and stable. Our table seats six although the original chairs, which were wicker and vinyl, are long gone.

My husband, Mark, and I purchased our kitchen table from Harold’s Furniture on West King Street in Lancaster in March 1982 when we married 40 years ago.

Many memories have been made at this kitchen table: birthday parties, family meals, holiday dinners, coloring Easter eggs, carving pumpkins, school projects, dozens and dozens of baked cookies and decorating wedding cakes – including one I made for our son, John and his wife, Lindsey, when they married in November 2021.

We also had the privilege of hosting our daughter, Laura, and her Army pals for holiday dinners. All were stationed at Walter Reed Military Hospital, serving our country.

Our kitchen table now has an additional purpose. My husband Mark has Lou Gehrig’s disease (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis or ALS), and this table doesn’t move when he places his hands on it for balance when walking around the kitchen and getting in and out of his chair.

On the kitchen table are items that my husband uses to make his life more independent: a metal shoe horn to put slippers and shoes on himself, a multi-tool to button his pants, Kleenex , towels, Wite-Out to cover puzzle mistakes and a dictionary to find words and crossword answers in our local Lancaster newspapers.

Who would have thought that a kitchen table bought 40 years ago would have created so many memories and touched so many lives?

The author lives in York, but notes that she and her husband were “children of the town of Lancaster”. Mark and Anne Rinier celebrated their 40th birthday on March 20.

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