On, In, and Around Mondays: Operation Memory Delivery
"We'll be there in 20 minutes," they said.
I hung up the phone.
"Can you help me move all these books, Honey?" I said to my Littlest. "They're delivering the couch very soon."
She helped me stack and restack the many books we have on the floor near the couch. This is where my Eldest camps out every day, reading, doing her school stuff, making short movies of Spock and Kirk lip-synching things like Mozart's Requiem.
When the stacking was finished, I stayed on alone, and my girl went upstairs to cry.
The delivery guys came and went. The couch looked lovely, but wrong, of course.
Where was the couch on which I'd nursed my girls, taught them to read, watched Merlin in the dark... with the curtains drawn for extra mystery? Out on the sidewalk, soaking up rain.
My girl came back downstairs and cried some more. "It's ugly!" she complained. "I'm never going to sit on it. Not in my whole life." Then she wailed, "It has no memories!"
"We'll have to make some memories."
"I wouldn't make a single memory on a thing like that," she complained again.
She just about wore me down with all her couch-mourning, and I said as much. Then I went upstairs, because it's hard for me to absorb such strong emotions after a while.
About ten minutes later, we passed each other on the red oak stairs, and she took me aside and whispered, "I stood on the arm of the couch."
I gave her one of those looks.
"Then I jumped!" she said.
"Don't tell me that. I don't want to know," I hugged her.
She hugged me back and said, "I'm just making some memories." Then she walked away, and said over her shoulder, "I might do it again tomorrow."
I shook my head and thought, what am I going to do with that girl.
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