It's not a juicy confession or one that will get me in any real trouble, but the type of confession that you are embarrassed to admit to anyone else!
I need to preface this confession with the fact that I live with two very short people—affectionately known as my children. I don't say that to place blame, but it's a key element in this story. They are under 4 years old and messy (I don't think they'd mind me saying that, as they seem take pride in their messiness).
Here is my confession: I have a vinyl tablecloth on my dining room table.
There, I said it.
I know; it's awful. It's always on the table; well, except for Thanksgiving and for special company (sorry to my family & friends).
Here's the story...
We don't have an eat-in kitchen, but a kitchen that opens to a large eating space and living room. We placed our dining room table in said eating space and it's our only table. It's a very nice wood table in a casual, mission style. We bought it pre-K (pre-kids).
For a long time I covered the table with various cotton tablecloths. They were always a mess and ended up in the wash every other day. What a pain. I finally realized I had to do something to make meal clean up easier. This was a difficult realization for me, to say the least.
I don't live in a fancy house, nor am I a snob, but I love design and beautiful things. Vinyl is not especially beautiful; I think we can all agree on that. I think of hotdogs, ketchup and bugs when I think of vinyl, but that's just me.
But, I believe in design for living, so off to the store I went. I found a vinyl tablecloth in a tannish color with a linen-look to it. Sounds odd, I know, but it was the best of the worst and that's what I look for in my vinyl.
When I got home I realized I had a problem. The tablecloth (can you call it cloth when it's vinyl?) was folded up in a million squares and when I opened it (our table is very long) there were many, many creases in my new vinyl.
I did what any self-respecting decorator would do—I ironed the vinyl. I don't believe you are supposed to do this, but I absolutely draw the line at a crease-filled vinyl cover on my dining room table. I had already gone to a bad place, but this would be too much.
Did I mention I live with short people? They are messy. Life is messy and I have a vinyl table cover on my dining room table. Thanks for listening, I feel better now.