Today is a momentous one.
The chair arrives.
When we got married and blended households, Cooper brought into our home a variety of furniture stuffs. One of the most beloved by him was a man chair. You know the type: recliner overstuffed happiness.
When we tried to sell our house years ago (oh what folly, that) we worked with a realtor who helped us stage our home. Most every piece of furniture Cooper brought into our home got tagged for removal. Mostly, that was not so bruising. But perhaps the first thing tagged was the man chair.
Since then, he has valiantly made nest in a comfy chair we have. But there has been a sense of loss for him. At first I laughed it off, figuring that a chair can’t really be that vital. But as time went on, as Cooper has accommodated many comings and goings of children and critters through this porous thing called home, realization has dawned.
It matters. Having a spot of one’s own matters.
So, for his 60th birthday, his son Louis and I went to furniture land and gleefully chose a fitting nest for our mutually beloved.
Today it gets delivered. Cooper’s long sojourn is over.
It will have the place of pride in our house, facing the front door and a newly gifted depiction of “Dogs Playing Cards” given him by my children. That story too has much to do with making claim on decorating ambiance. It’s not on velvet (thank God) and it makes us laugh.
What I’m celebrating is that through the bumps and ruts and highs of blending homes and families, there are opportunities to mark milestones and make nest.
Dogs playing cards? I love your kids!!! When I was growing up, my father had a picture of dogs playing poker framed and hanging up in my parents bedroom. When my brother got married, I gave them a LARGE avacado green, velvet wall hanging that my brother said was the best present he got all day. I’m sure Cooper loves his chair, but for me the card playing dogs is the real treasure.