For me, I had to give up my dining room set as I do not now have a dining room. I also had to give up my bedroom set as it did not fit into our new bedroom. There was a lot more, but those were the biggies for me. For my husband, it was our slate-bed, regulation sized pool table. Number one, since we were moving ourselves, there was no way we could do that. Nor did we have any room for it. There were no rooms in the house large enough to hold such a piece. So we donated it to the Boys and Girls Club. It got a good home with a good organization. They also got most of the rest of our furniture (computer desks, shelves, tables, chairs, appliances, even a large plant or two). For them, it was a boon. For us, a relief.
But I know my husband missed the pool table. Not that we used it much, but it was there.
Over the years, he had also talked about wanting a foosball table. During his college years, he was something of a local champion at this game. So yesterday, for his birthday, I got him a foosball table. It's a lot bigger than I thought it would be; we're going to have to rearrange some furniture in our rec-room, but it's still smaller than a pool table. It's not an expensive one. My royalty checks aren't that good. But it's something I could do for him. He supports me in everything I do. I wanted to do this for him.
Yesterday, it was a big do-it-yourself project as we had to assemble it. First of all, it was too heavy for us to get out of the car so we opened the box and unpacked it piece-by-piece from there. Once inside, we got to work. Three hours later after lots of sweat, a few choice words, banged up knuckles and other mishaps, we were actually able to play a game on his new foosball table.
I must admit, I'm not any good. But I'm willing to learn. And I know our sons are anxious to play a game or two with dear old dad - even the one who lives 1100 miles away. He wanted to come home just to play a game! :)
I know my husband could have lived the rest of his life without this. And we could have done other things with the money. But this is one little thing I could do for him. He is my staunchest supporter when it comes to my writing. He is there for me always. Backing me up, helping me, being there for me. This is my gift to him for all he does for me.
Anybody want to play a game?
Birthdays: Elizabeth Palmer Peabody, Adrienne Rich, Bruce Coville
Tips and Teasers: Make a list of ten publishers or agents to send your latest work to. Do your homework – don’t just pick names out of a list. Study the guidelines and only submit to those who work with your type of writing.
Thought for the day: "Writing free verse is like playing tennis with the net down." – Robert Frost