These friends have been beyond thread-bare for a few years. Our beloved sofas were replaced today. It was sad to see them taken out–it felt sort of like putting a family pet down. We have lived on these sofas for a long long time. I can’t even guess how many times they’ve supported us with comfort through countless family events, parties and gatherings, holidays and Christmas mornings, family home evening lessons, and of course, hours and hours of the boys watching Sports Center on TV. We’ve napped on these sofas, read books here, stitched quilts here, and watched favorite movies–from Disney to Jane Austin to X-Men. We’ve had book club gatherings here, ward socials, and funeral meals. Our lives have been lived on and around these sofas.
It doesn’t seem right to put them out on the street with a “Free For The Taking” sign on them, but that’s what will happen tomorrow if the skies are clear. No one will know or understand the love that had surrounded these friends these last 20 years. I am feeling a bit sad, saying good-bye.