Sunday, July 14, 2013

Farewell to a Table

"Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize."   ... 1 Corinthians 9:24


I'm back! 

If you didn't even know I was away, I won't blame you. Such a short vacation from blogging, but well, here I am. I just needed to back away, recall a few things.... and I did.

This past month! We had the refrigerator repair guy over here and then the plumber and then the cable provider repairman. Oh, and our vacuum cleaner died. What's up with all that?

Then since Tom and I just can't seem to get out of the house on Saturdays anymore--and I'd desperately begun hating our beat-up old, dark dining room table--yesterday I lugged-in our apple green metal patio table inside to the dining area. Then Daniel the Cat snuck outside because Tom didn't close either of the two doors behind me but I--fortunately for both Daniel and Tom--discovered Daniel still in the yard. Then I brought up our extra two yellow chairs from the basement and, annoyingly, stepped through one of them while taking down a dried flower valence (fortunately not breaking my leg like I could have) and well, the yellow chairs around the green table beneath the big sunny windows look happy with a 1970's flair and they'll look even happier after Tom brings home a round piece of glass for the tabletop. And that's when I'll show you pictures.


Anyway, I Freecycled that dark old beat-up farm table and the (60-ish?)woman who came to get it only had a small car and you should have seen her and myself trying to twist that untwistable table into the backseat. Well, Tom did see us through the windows (probably thought he was watching a rerun of Lucy and Ethel) so he came out with a tape measure right about the time I almost told the lady, "I know you really, really want this table, but it ain't gonna fit in your car." 

But Tom zipped around with his tape measure  and we all figured out what would not work and then what would and so Janis and I miraculously twisted that table through the passenger side door so that it sat on that seat and the back seat,too, with its feet poking out both windows.

Janis was one determined lady. She was not leaving without that table and you know? In this life that's how we all must be when we know what we--and God--want for ourselves. Too often we just flop over in a whining "it's-just-too-hard" heap beside the track and get nothing, except maybe grass stains on our running shorts.

And who wants those?


So 'bye 'bye table--you served your purpose well. I'm glad Tom and I were able to release you, without looking back, even. We cannot carry you or any of our furniture (or homes or stuff) away with us when we die, so why cling to you now as though we can?


So Tom and I are watching the 3rd season of Body of Proof and good gracious! Did they toss away their original writers like they did 4 of their main characters? One 'poltergeist episode' was unwatchable (we turned it after a few minutes) and the rest have been a mixture of exciting and annoying with just plain stupid mistakes. Gah. Oh well, because of the amazing Dana Delany and some clever plot twists, we're hanging in there.

Speaking of which... I do thank you for hanging in there with me here at my blog! I appreciate your faithful reading more than you know.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Glad you figured out how to make your table situation more happy for you guys...we are at the same point (you cannot take it with you)...isn't it strange how many in our age group or even older, still are acquiring "stuff" tho'? We face yet more paring down in a few more months...hope we make the best choices cause we are not really sure what lies ahead yet. I told hubby however, that things so far have worked out ok and we can trust that somehow with GOD they still will in the future.
Elizabeth now in WA...