Year 17

Dear Ordell,

We recently celebrated year 17 and the modern gift list informs me this year is the gift of furniture. I can’t help but chuckle as I glance around our townhouse. I would love a new kitchen table since the boys are beyond the years where they color on things. I’d love a more comfortable couch or chairs that match, but none of these things could make our home any better.

Do you remember our first trip to IKEA together? Every couple around us was fighting an so were we! Then the first couch we bought was returned because our apartment was so small it wouldn’t fit in the designated room. If I had to guess I’d say we’ve thrown out as much furniture as we currently own. Furniture which was broken by football players, pieces stained by babies, and pieces that we couldn’t fit on a moving truck here or there.

Our home is a mixture of items from my childhood, hand me down item from friends or family, thrift store finds and items we have chosen for our home. Furniture comes and goes. It’s not meant to last forever, which is my guess as to why it’s on the list of gifts to give at year 17. Still, there are memories in each item we own because even that which was mine or yours before has now become ours.

So my love, as we enter yet another year as partners the thing I know for sure about furniture is that the only thing that really matters is that it fits in our home. Our current home or our future home. It doesn’t matter, as long as it’s our home.

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