By Cindy Lange-Kubick
Flatwater Free Press 

Lincoln family gives a new life to an old table - and so much more


August 17, 2023

Eric Gregory | For Flatwater Free Press

Table talk • Laura Yeramysheva-Bley, her husband Jerrod Bley and their children (from left) Leopold, Cora and Embry at the antique dining room table they found on Facebook Marketplace. The family furnished their Lincoln home with used items. They try to lessen their impact on the environment by reclaiming, reusing and recycling everything they can.

The dining room table, it's not my style.

But it was my parents' style, and we ate every holiday meal there at the house they built after we all grew up and left home.

A bigger house. A house with the dining room my mom always wanted.

What my dad wanted was to die in that house.

Now a dark-haired stranger was carting that table away from the retirement home my mom and dad had landed and where Dad would spend his last months.

His journey was a fill-in-the-blank primer on aging, as predictable as a sunrise. A stroke one year, a fractured neck the next, a life-changing fall on the driveway....

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