Thursday, March 17, 2011
A photograph from the dining room table at Hildene. Hildene is the home of Robert Todd Lincoln and his family, Abraham Lincoln's son. And the table reflects an elegance that is missing in today's world, for the most part.
When I was young, I had an aunt, Aunt Helen, who was a throwback to this age, and at every meal, the table was set properly, with a full regalia of silverware and china. It was not that she was rich - far from it. But she carried that elegance in her and it spilled over to many of us in her family. While I do not eat this way all the time, I do like to eat in the dining room, with real china, pretty regularly. It somehow makes me feel rich, and more importantly, it makes me feel tied to my own past.