The New Table

Finding joy in the little things.


When we were kids, there wasn’t much watching TV.  We played outside.  We read books in our rooms.  I thumbed through all of the hardcore teen and music magazines to find the latest poster to pin up on my wall.  We went for walks as a family.  Climbed trees.  Built forts.  And often at night when the day was winding down and we still weren’t watching much TV, my brother and I would often head for the basement with our dad.  To play ping pong.  I wasn’t as good as either of them, but I loved it.  We had a lot of fun and many very competitive nights at that table.

So when one of our neighbors dropped off a handwritten note last week that said:

“Ping-Pong Party in the basement.  Sunday 3pm.  We’ll provide beverages, just bring yourselves and a snack!”

.. I did everything possible to get us back home in time to take part in the celebrations.

Two of our neighbors had found a table, cleared out a section of the community basement where about 15 bikes stood in a dark area only days before.

They put up lights.

And when everyone joined in the other afternoon .. it was the best game room I have been in, in a long, long time.


Thank you J & R for one of the best, most relaxing, wonderful afternoons in a long time.  Look forward to the next match.

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About Carleen Wild

Journalist. Communications consultant. Photographer. Helping you share your story in a way that is meaningful to you as a person or for your business. Wife. Mom. Wisconsin transplant to South Dakota trying not to get swept away in crazy massive winds of Great Plains. Missing delicious cheese and great local brews.

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