The old truck rattled down the road as we headed uptown towards the city. "No power steering," the Gardener declared of the dated pick-up we had borrowed. The wheel was very hard to manage. I came back with, "Didn't you used to drive a school bus?" "Yes, but I think this truck originally had power steering which is now gone. That's a whole different game than just a truck originating with no power steering!" (yes, we are old enough to remember those.)
My lap was so piled high with tarps and old bedspreads and shower curtains that I could barely see the road ahead of us. We were on our way to pick up our new gently-used sofa. Someone had taken mighty nice care of the couch like one I had always wanted.
Then the thought occurred to me ... here we are at our advanced age still borrowing trucks to pick up old furniture. Has a shiny furniture truck ever stopped with a delivery at our house? I don't think so--the only new furniture we bought was years ago--a couch and chair--which I'm sure we picked up to save delivery charges.
But this is the way I prefer it, really. It's like buying a used car--let the depreciation set in and then go for it. I looked over at the Gardener, trying hard to manage the steering, and realized how much fun it's been all these years. There's a thrill in looking and then finding old treasures. Pieces with history who still have enough life in them to make more history in our house. Conversation pieces. Not to mention how much fun it was to see inside the fetching arts and crafts-style bungalow where our couch resided, nestled under the city skyscrapers (where young professionals now want to live.)
So I guess that's us. That's who we are and who we will always be. And I'm very content with that.