I am loving the newest addition to our house, which just hours ago used to be an almost-empty home.
When I saw this set in the furniture showroom, I fell in love with it instantly. The authentic unpolished wooden top transported me back to the mountains I grew up in.
Each even had cracks like the wooden floors of my grandparent’s house.
I know this is nothing compared to Baguio wooden art and the famous Ifugao wood carvings. But seeing authentic wood like this, in a country of carpets and sand, is a big thing.
Memories of climbing trees and chopping dried wood with my grandpa flooded me. The smell of wet wood after the rain and the sound of burning branches that cooked my black coffee engulfed me.
Amazingly, I didn’t have to convince my husband (like I always do with everything in the house) to buy this 3-piece set. The shop had it delivered to my home today and I feel so roused and motivated.
I could hear my grandma saying in our dialect,
”Olet, aya ta manchoros ta.”
So I cleaned my house like crazy!
Isn’t it nice to have something at your new home that reminds you of your old? Whenever there’s an opportunity to acquire something, I choose one that links me to the past so I’d always remember where my roots are.