On Tuesday I picked up a kid-sized table and chair for Anna. My friend Paige and I were discussing meal time and she brought up one of Janet Lansbury's posts about children eating at their own small tables and I thought it was time to try it at home since she already eats at a kid-sized table at school.
These are the pieces I got:
You can buy them new at Ikea but I'll be damned if I have to drive all the way down there so I lucked out and found the set on Craigslist for $25...located right on the way to Anna's daycare from work. Of course there is a catch - the kid before "decorated" the table with some black permanent marker on top. I scrubbed away at it last night and I think I've worn it down a bit and today I'm going to try a little sand paper. DH asks why I even bought the table if the marker bothers me so much but at first it didn't and now it does. Also I didn't want to spend more on a table/chair set and find out Anna wasn't into it.
I saw this one on Amazon and MIGHT get it if the marker won't stop bothering me:
But I don't know. It's an awful lot more money even if it is made of wood, has one more chair, and isn't pre-decorated. The thing is, the table is probably going to take some abuse anyway so maybe I should be fine that it's already ruined a little bit.
DH shared a story with me that his mom told from her travels; a monk walked right up to her and ripped her shirt. The message is that you shouldn't be too attached to material things or too proud of them and such. Both DH and I adhere to this theory with lots of our things. We are always buying floor sample furniture that might have a few dings or whatnot and we don't care. And I've scored some pretty great finds on Craigslist. Because life happens and stuff is going to get dinged up anyhow. So the table is just an extension of that I guess. So yeah, whatever, marker.
The important part of this rambling mess is that Anna LOVES eating at her table. She was very interested in it from first sight when it was crammed into the back seat of the car next to her on the way home from school. As soon as I put it down in the house she was sitting in the chair and very thrilled about it. And she does enjoy eating there very much. I can tell that it's much better for her to be in a chair that she can get in and out of herself instead of being lifted into the high chair and strapped in. She is definitely an independent child who likes to do things on her own.
Gosh, she is getting SO BIG!