Thursday, September 18, 2008

Saying "Goodbye" to Old Friends

So, tonight our living room sits mostly empty . . . and it leaves me feeling a little empty. After 9 1/2 years, I'm glad our marriage isn't as sad, faded, and droopy as our couch looks! We're planning to buy a new couch and chair, and I thought the city-wide garage sale would be the perfect opportunity to shed the old and prepare for the new! Easier said than done!
I've been putting off buying new furniture because there are always other things that we need to spend money on -- like child #3. :o) Then, I thought that I'd wait until Camryn was finished spitting up, drooling, and having accidents on the upholstery -- then I look around me and realize that I have to buy new furniture before the kids are adults. So, with a new couch and chair on order, Nick and I set out to move the old stuff out, in preparation for the big day . . .
"I have an emotional attachment to them," said Nick. So, despite being stoic and a little sarcastic, fearing I was losing my chance at new furniture, I was also feeling a little weepy about it. Those two items were the first furniture we bought as a married couple, only days after returning from our honeymoon. Nick and his dad went and picked up the furniture and moved it into our little ghetto duplex in Fayetteville.
That was the chair we sat in and studied for endless hours in college and graduate school; I graded papers in that chair every night for years; that's the chair I nursed Abi in for the first time after she came home from the hospital; my dad and Nick's dad have taken countless naps in that chair; I slept on that couch during my pregnancy with Abi when I was too restless for Nick to sleep; we used to put aluminum foil on top of the couch cushions to keep Darbin off of it while I was at work; Brandon and I sat on the couch and cried many hours all through the night when he was an infant . . . SO MANY MEMORIES!
They're only material objects, but they certainly evoke deep emotions that are tied to so many memories. We'll miss you. :o)

3 comments:

Erin said...

I SO understand! I finally sold our glider at our last garage sale. I cried as the people who bought it carried it to their car. It was silly, but SO sad! I could cry right now just thinking about it...

julieamberjones said...

Oh! :( Just try to think of all the new memories you'll make with your new furniture! I can understand your sadness and I'm sorry.

Matt said...

Where did you end up getting new furniture? I would've brought you stuff down from NWAR... When is the city-wide garage sale? Cori would LOVE that!