Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Rest of the Story

Maybe you read this about our dining room furniture makeover.  No?  Go ahead.  I'll wait.

OK - now you know about the top being refinished, and the parts you can see being repainted.

What I didn't tell you is a little secret I discovered underneath the table top.

Being that this is written in cursive, I figure Katie must have been about 8 years old when she signed our table.  Certainly old enough to know better.

And here's what I find interesting about this recent discovery.  What once would have caused me to be upset, wonder where I had gone wrong in teaching her, or trying to figure out the best strategy for discipline now only brings a smile to my face.

Why?  Katie is grown now.  She is 21.

She is the wife of Alexander, working on their 3rd year of marriage.  She is working full time at McBride Clinic,  is paying her own way through nursing school and will graduate this May with her RN degree .  She is a loving sister, a fun Aunt Kate-Kate, and a wonderful daughter. She's hardworking, extremely talented and our go-to for medical questions.

So moms and dads.  When you discover those signatures and masterpieces in your closets, cabinets, window sills, etc., just know that some day it won't bother you so much. Your little artists will have grown into amazing adults!

Besides, I'm sure Katie knows by now not to write on the furniture. Wait... maybe I need to have Alexander check underneath their table!


Dusty Takle said...

It's one reason I never removed the "no boys allowed" written on Anna's door. But, you are right about the initial reaction when they are 5 years old. Quite different from when they are grown, I'm sure!

Rebecca Good said...

We have our own masterpiece... When Britt was 7 she wrote her name in black sharpie all over her writing desk in her room. I'm talking inside and outside... it's still there to this day. Maybe I'll save it to show her kids when they get in trouble for writing on their furniture.

erin said...

Oh wow! Great story! I totally cried.

jimmy paravane said...

the door jam into the computer room is where we mark each growth spurt the grandchild has. it's just a line with the date, height and memory.

Cindy Beall said...

I love this.

Donna said...

aw! So so sweet! Love it!

Natalie Witcher said...

I found Paige's signature under my piano. I etched my name in the back of my mom's antique sewing machine. It's pretty sweet now, we both think! And when i found Paige's name..didn't bother me a bit that her name marked a $25,000 piano. HA! Not selling it anyway!