May 23, 2013

Paco and The Table

In the year Nineteen Hundred Ninety Five
I came across this table in a quaint little shop near my home.
Legend has it that the shop owners were driving through a border town in Mexico
and they came upon a little boy with his grandparents.
They were standing on the side of the road with this table for sale.
This is where Paco comes in.

Paco was a little boy who had recently lost his mother.
Paco's mother had painted this table with images from the Bingo-like boardgame, Loteria.
La Sirena- number 6.
El Sol- number 46
La Mano- number 21.

Unfortunately, that's about all I can remember.
Paco was being raised by his grandparents and they needed to sell the table.
The shop owners bought it.

When I saw the table, I knew I had to have it...
and the story of Paco tugged at my heartstrings.

 The shop owner told me they thought it was used as a chiropractic table.
Now, how this was used as a chiropractic table is a mystery to me.
There is a sliding handle on each side like above.
I hope there was a mattress of some sort because this would be pretty uncomfortable otherwise.

I haven't changed it one bit since I bought it and
 I don't care if Paco's poor dead Mama really painted it or not.
Because I love it so.

 I've brought it downstairs to use in my office.
Friends have tried to buy it, steal it and bribe me for it.
They will never get it.
Because I love it so.

 Sophie wants me to stop taking pictures and moving furniture.  
She's not a fan.

Bruce likes to add his special touches to my favorite things.
Evidently he reads chalk boards.

He's so helpful.

I'm a sucker for a story about a sad little boy.
I've kept his Mama's table for all these years.
So Paco- wherever you are- I still believe.
And I still love it so.

(P.S.  You can't have it, Holly!)

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  1. I love this--and you know how I am "all about the story." It makes it all the better!

  2. Totally in love with that table! Certainly a treasure :)

  3. I love the table and the story behind it. I love the idea of someone painting the table with those symbols, and I wonder why those symbols were chosen. Lots of stories in that table!

    And your dogs are so supportive of you! :-)

  4. it is really neat. bruce!

  5. Oh Tina - what a beautiful table and the history of it makes it all the more precious!
    Talk about a one of a kind piece
    Lucky you

  6. I love the table AND the story. It's definitely a keeper! Those Mexican Lottery things have the coolest images! Paco's mama was clever to paint them on a table, and the table went to the right person.

  7. What a sad and beautiful story that goes along with the gorgeous table. I love that you are keeping Paco's story alive and still sharing it. And, I adore that doggie and his distressing skills.

  8. What a beautiful table! I would have snatched it up in an instant! Love the story too. Corgis must just not love change. Finn hates when I move stuff and a time or two he's been known to walk right over to something I've just moved and piss right on it, just to make sure I'm aware of his displeasure.

  9. Great little story of Paco the orphan boy, but what I really want to say is damm Bruce.


  10. I love that you have it and appreciate it so much!

    I also enjoy Bruce's design skillZ! What a dog!

    Sophie reminds me of Curtis and Daisy and how tired they get with the constant photos!

  11. Such a unique piece! Love the pic of Sophie. :)

  12. Oh, come on!! I'll give you a boy child of your choosing! That table is amazing!

  13. What a great piece and a touching story. Thank you for sharing and for the visit and sweet comment at The Dedicated House. It means the world. I would love it if you would share this post at my Anything Blue Friday which is live now. Here's the link if you want to check it out. Hope to see you at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  14. Doesn't it amaze you how you never tire of some things. You know it's in the right hands if you've had it that long and still love it.

  15. What a sweet story - thanks for sharing!
    Blessings, Linda

  16. What a cool table. And a wonderful story. And Bruce has a bright future in furniture distressing. ;)


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