From a Nebraska Farmhouse


I found the desk for my writing studio today.


It is a handmade, square table, two chairs, all built and born in a Nebraska farmhouse in 1918. I kind of can’t get over that kind of history. I feel like the shop owner handed me a birth certificate along with the receipt.


Generally, I’m not really an antiques girl, so I feel a sense of guilt in this tremendous find. Or maybe this feeling is a sense of displaced fortune, since I wasn’t even looking for this beauty.


I wonder how many have owned this piece before I have. I wonder if this has been the workspace for homemakers, breadbakers, students of calligraphy. I wonder if families have prayed at this table, if fathers have wept, if mothers have waited for the sunrise. I wonder if children learned to read, if lovers wrote letters.


I would like to think yes. Yes to all of the above.


And now this table is in my home, in my writing studio.



Come home with me, sweet grandmother of a table.

Tell me your stories. I’ll write them down.

Tricia Lott Williford

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  1. Favorite phrase: “sweet grandmother of a table” I will so love to read the stories that table “tells” you!

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