We all know the phrase “Ask and it is given,” but this is a case of “Write it down and it is given.” I LOVE this story and I hope you will too!
A few months ago, my youngest daughter moved into her first apartment. After gathering up what furniture she had and collecting assorted pieces from friends and relatives, the only thing they needed was a kitchen table and chairs. My “dining room set” was really more of a kitchen set and I told her she could have it.
She was THRILLED, but worried what I would do without it. I said “With Jack away at school, I really don’t use it and even when he’s home, we usually eat in the kitchen. As long as I get a dining room table by Thanksgiving, we’ll be fine.” In my mind, I thought I would keep my eyes open for an inexpensive table and chairs to put in the dining room, before Thanksgiving.
A couple of weeks ago, when I realized it was almost October, it occurred to me that Thanksgiving was getting closer and I needed to start looking for that table. I wrote on my $25K Sheet “Look for dining room table,” because once something goes on that list, I know it will get done.
About an hour (yup, just one hour!)later, while on Facebook, I noticed this post from a friend whom I haven’t seen in too many years. I could hardly believe it! I messaged her immediately, telling her I might be interested and asking how much she wanted for it. Her reply was “Well I’m asking $5,000, but for you it’s free!” WHAT?!?! Cut to the chase, she is EXTREMELY funny (and generous!) and she was truly just wanting to get it out of her garage and basement and was happy to give it to me.
It gets better!
She said I should come over and look at it, to make sure I liked it. I asked her if this was the table that she grew up with and she said it was. I told her I didn’t need to see it. I said “Joanne, you’re Italian (I’m guessing she already knew that) and I’ve been at Italian dining room tables. And I know how much love and laughter and food and wine has been around that table. I would be honored to bring it, and all that beautiful energy into my home!
But it still gets better!
28 years ago, when I got married, my parents gave us a beautiful set of Lenox china. When I got divorced and moved here, that beautiful china went in the WAY back of my laundry room closet, where it has stayed for eight years. It wasn’t until I was dusting out the china cabinet that I even remembered I had china. O…M…G!!!
So in addition to the beautiful “Italian Table” energy, I also have the beautiful “Gift from my Parents” energy in this home now!
Isn’t that a GREAT story? And isn’t this a BEAUTIFUL dining room set? Heck, I just might throw a dinner party! Did I mention it comes with not one, not two, but three leaves! I could comfortably fit 20 people at this table! And the coolest part is, I didn’t even have to ask…and it was given. Seriously, does it get any better than that?