Tuesday, September 9, 2014

That Day

That day...
You know that day?

The day that your TV stops working 
and you try to fix it while a red light you've never seen before is blinking at you like a detonated bomb...
and you eventually conclude that it's going to take more money to fix the TV than replace it because it's so old...
so you purchase a new TV but it doesn't fit in the old TV armoire...
so you switch the cabinet with the antique desk in the room (only the cabinet doesn't fit in the desk space)...
The original
so you slide the antique desk over anyway because the TV can't just sit on the floor of the den...
and you carry the armoire into another room only then realizing that you'll need to switch it with the cabinet that's already there because there's only 1400 square feet to your house...
a cabinet, mind you, that holds excess wrapping paper, 30 lbs of sheet music, and three days worth of miscellaneous items to be sorted.



The replacement
Then you think, "Well, while I'm at it, why don't I just bring the studio cabinet into the kitchen and take care of the food storage problem?" that has existed for a year and a half, ever since you lost your pantry to a bathroom remodel that the insurance had to cover because of the flood.

But then you realize that you have no place to put the baker's rack that has "temporarily" (for a year and a half) housed the food...


The "temporary" food storage solution

And while considering options, you glance at the origin of the problem and realize that, although the TV sits adequately on the antique desk, it isn't nearly as high as the armoire which had blocked the light from shining in, making it possible to watch the TV...
And now you can't see the TV picture on the new model that you bought to replace the broken one... 
and the curtains which were hung intentionally as decor only now need to be functional so you can see the screen.

Then you grasp that in order for this new set-up to really work, you'll need to grab two more curtains that look exactly the same as the ones already  hanging that you bought 8 years ago...
additionally you'll need a curtain rod that will stretch across the entire window rather than the two short ones which were only supposed to display curtains on the outskirts of the frame (like you saw in that Better Homes & Gardens magazine, circa November 2004).
So for now your husband, in his infinite ingenuity, hangs a cream colored throw over the dastardly sun...
Nice cream-colored blanket in your window


Which fixes the problem but makes you cringe...
(Much like the DVD player, Direct TV box, receiver, fax copier and school supplies that are now exposed and sitting on a sagging wire shelving unit next to the new TV on the antique desk...electronics which, by the way, were contained within the original armoire and now have nowhere to go...).
The leaning tower of electronics

But since the light issue is "temporarily" fixed, you turn your attention back to the orphaned baker's rack, which still holds all of your dried goods and a bunch of other stuff you're not even sure you need or will EVER use...
And while you cogitate on a solution, you consider moving it to your daughter's now empty bedroom....


your daughter's empty bedroom...



(quiet sob)



And you realize how blessed you are that you had this day with it's myriad of problems and puzzles, requiring umpteen future projects to occupy your time...
sorting and cleaning...
lifting and sweating...
moving and shaking...
so you don't have to focus on the fact that you miss that daughter beyond words.










Then quietly you thank God for that broken TV.
Yes, you thank Him for "that day."




{And thanks to all of you for sticking around 
during my unannounced sabbatical.
Plan to be back regularly now.
Hope your day is filled with grace.}

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