My Deceased Mother-in-Law Moved Into Our Dining Room

She’s very possessive of her table

Kendra Sparkles
The Wind Phone
Published in
5 min readJun 23, 2024


A picture of a well-appointed dining room.
Photo by Eugene Kuznetsov on Unsplash

“The house is nice, but the dining room won’t work. It’s not big enough for mom’s table and china cabinet,” Vincent said as our realtor did her best not to rip her hair out and shove it down his throat.

We were seven months into our house search, and I could tell she was exhausted by our demands. We wanted acreage and a newer house in an area where land is sparse, and houses are old. The added specification of a dining room big enough for the massive table and china cabinet Vincent inherited after his mother’s death made the search even harder.

But Vincent’s mom loved that dining room set. Her parents had it custom-made by a family member in Italy and shipped to America. The dining room table has been the gathering spot for Thanksgivings, Christmases, and countless other celebrations for four generations.

Before her sudden passing, Maryjo made it known that the dining room set had to remain in the family at all costs. Family was everything to her and that furniture held so many precious memories preserved in it’s rich mahogany.

Vincent was adamant about taking the furniture with us since his dad was downsizing and had no room for it in his new…