A Mountain Man and His Wife
Last week, I decided to simplify my teenager’s life by replacing a large bedroom chest of eighteen drawers with an antique piece that offered only three. He’s no neat freak, and the multiplicity of drawers only compounded the problem. I emptied the chest, shoved it into a hallway, and listed it on Facebook’s “Marketplace”.
When I listed the chest, which we bought during our first year of marriage, it drew little interest, despite its fine, dovetailed construction and classic looks. One guy showed a lot of interest but couldn’t figure out how he would move it. Another shopper was turned off by the dimensions. One mother couldn’t convince her daughter to buy my “dark furniture.” The monster chest sat stubbornly unmoved—and increasingly, unloved—as it blockaded our hallway.
The dark-brown chest was part of our 1997 master bedroom “suite” but was later moved to our boys’ room, where its many drawers would accommodate everything our boys owned—clothes, contraband candy, lego parts, dirty socks, signed baseballs, and church-league basketball medals. The oldest boy got the top six drawers, and the two younger boys divided up the remaining drawers within reach.
Yesterday, however, my dark furniture found a buyer. In the morning, “Kenny” let me know that he was on the way down from a small town in North Carolina to buy it—music to my ears, since it had been blocking traffic for over a week. I asked if he had movers and a truck, and he said he did; I figured he must be outfitting a handsome second home, maybe even giving the simple chest a makeover.
The mountain man buyer showed up on time. I walked out to
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