Couch has been with us for nearly sixteen years. It has served as a couch, a bed, a trampoline, a balance beam, and a fort. It's pillows have been used for reclining on the couch and on the floor. It has been there for us when we were sick, or needed a rest. I do not think it has ever been truly beautiful, but it has been very serviceable and has been with us so long that it almost feels like we are throwing out a member of the family. Almost.
Saturday Derek and Connor walked downtown to get Connor's bike after it was repaired at our local bike shop. Derek took his bike too and so afterwards they took a little ride around and decided to stop at our local furniture store. My beautiful cedar chest came from there, and we have been in a few times before just to look at things. Derek and Connor tried out couches and chose two that they approved of. Later Derek told me about their adventure and said that I could go down and look at the couches and pick one of the two approved ones if I liked. We've been talking about getting a new one for years.
Kayli and Connor came with me. I liked the one in the window display best. It was green, very comfortable and looked nice to me. The other one was the brown color I had planned on getting, but I did not think it was as comfortable. So, I wanted the green one, but it wouldn't match the two recliners that we had recovered. No problem, I could pick any cloth and order it -- except choosing what color to do a couch with those little cloth samples is daunting to me. That's how we ended up with the first one that I didn't think turned out too beautifully!
The solution? I tried out the love seat. It reclines on both sides. I embarrassed Kayli and Connor by mentioning to the nice store owner lady that I liked the love seat because I could snuggle with Derek better on it than I could while sitting next to him in matching recliners. I called Derek twice, about adding a love seat and about the pillows. He was very accomodating and figured out where we could move the recliners.
The nice lady was very amused by it all and was surprised when I decided to take the love seat, the couch, and the pillows that were on display. They delivered the same day and the pillows were thrown in free. She didn't know what she would put in its place in the window. I'll have to go down and see. So now we have a new couch which has some big "shoes" to fill. It can't possibly be as fun because it won't be okay with me if it is used as a trampoline or a balance beam. The boys will really miss that. R.I.P. dear old couch. Welcome to the new!