When we moved into this house years ago, we upgraded from a round table that sat four to a rectangle table that can seat 6 easy and 10 if you really love your neighbor. We also upgraded from eating in the kitchen to a real dining room.
After so many years with a round table, having a 'head' of the table felt odd, so the four of us sit two by two across from each other. We do have our spots, and only for guests do we give up our white knuckled grip on our reserved seat!
My daughter has always sat facing the outside door, with it's lovely old fashioned glass window, but during certain times of the year (namely spring, summer and fall) it catches all of the sun's glory. Those lovely rays of sunshine fall exactly on her face, and she is blinded. She's tried moving her chair to the left or to the right, but it is no use. Her spot is a sun spot.
I would always tell her I was so sorry and offer to trade spots or move her chair to one of the ends of the table, but we are set in our ways kind of folk, and her spot is her spot regardless of blinding sunlight.
When company is over, we sit wherever there is a spot. There are no rules on those nights, and so it happened a night ages ago that one of my son's best friends sat in my daughter's spot for dinner. He quickly held up his hand to cover his eyes and I thought, oh no! We can't let a guest suffer!
And so an idea came forth that still hangs around to this day:
The apron curtain! It hangs on the door year round, sometimes up, sometimes down. My daughter is quick to point out that I never thought of it for her, when the sun was in her eyes.... True. I don't know why I didn't think of hanging something up there years before! Just tired I guess.
It is an apron she sewed herself, that I love dearly and was loath to dirty up in real apron duties, so I think that should count for some good Mom points!
PS This is not an example of blinding sunlight coming in.....currently we have a huge, ugly rain cloud hanging right over our town. Otherwise, it would be ablaze in sunshine!