The Return

When Anonymous and first married we had mish-mash of items in our apartment.  We soon bought things together to fill our apartment and then our first home.  One item I particularly enjoyed was our coffee table.  It had slots for magazines and remotes.  The top was kept clear save for some votive candles and drinking glasses (on a coaster of course).  Having our first child and breaking my leg necessitated the removal of the coffee table.  We had in the garage before a giving it to a neighbour who had expressed desire in it.  Another item which was  removed from our home was stemware.  We had a few pieces yet with children and moving to a new pieces were lost.  For awhile we had these stemless plastic type wine glasses but we never really used them.

On Friday we went out and purchased a new coffee table and stemware.  It’s nothing fancy, the table is not some great piece of carpentry made from rare fallen wood.  The stemware is not hand-blown by some artisan.  However, the return of these items has made me feel that I am once again an adult.  Our children are old/tall enough not to run headlong into the furniture.  Also they understand that plenty of other rooms are designated for play.  After 8 years we have a coffee table and I feel genuine happiness.  It’s true what is said about Maslow’s hierarchy of needs.  With the base needs met the wistful wishes of a coffee table can be fulfilled.

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