Of all the things I could have inherited from our Gran, I got a wooden table, but i sat there plus chuckled so hard that I wept, my parents thought I was expressing our grief, despite the fact that I was laughing, then when my crying turned into an infectious belly laugh, our parents panicked and brought me a glass of wine plus told me that I had to calm down; The two of us were at Gran’s wake.
I showed her the paper Gran’s friend handed me.
The only words written in Gran’s perfect handwriting were, ‘You get the root beer table!’, and no a single knew about mine plus Gran’s adventures with the root beer table, so there was no way they could guess I was laughing. The two of us had many more tea parties at that root beer table than the queen herself, one weekend, our brother plus I were mighty sailors plus Gran was the serving wench who brought rum plus cookies to her fearless pirate captains. I had more memories of Gran plus that root beer table than I had of anyone else; After the wake, I put Gran’s root beer table in our automobile plus headed home. I was telling our best friend some old stories that went along with the root beer table, while trying to find somewhere to put it in our home. Although I never thought about having a root beer table in our front room, its improper shape plus size made it perfect as an accent table in our foyer. Maybe someday, when I finally find the right guy, I’ll have the same adventures with our children plus grandkids that I have had with that root beer table.