Once you reach a certain age – you’re forever lamenting the passing of time and how quickly it seems to go by.
On Wednesday I took my son, Jack, back to college. He’s beginning his senior year. Now there are many positives about Jack being a mere 10 months away from graduating (the cost being the number one), but there’s also a few pangs as well (becoming an “official” adult – moving on with his life and, possibly, away from his mother).
Though I’d obviously never want to keep either of my kids forever young and dependent on me – I do wonder sometimes how they could possibly be all grown up – and what that makes me.
Thankfully, “mother” isn’t my only role. I also have – General Manager of Jubilee Furniture – which certainly keeps me hoppin’!
Speaking of the store - remember we’re open Fridays from 1 to 8 and Saturdays from 9 to 4. Let’s take a look at some of the new-to-us stuff which was donated this week:
nice blue denim chair priced $85
JC Penney sofa, chair and ottoman – all in excellent condition – sofa is priced $95; chair and ottoman for $65
gorgeous cherry armoire for $235
interesting bench? – almost seems to be part of a church kneeler – priced $45
fabulous side chairs in excellent condition – priced $95 each
great chaise – missing end pillows – priced $125
McCreary sofa – needs some adjusting and there’s some fading – priced $135
antique fainting couch – priced $125 (you already own smelling salt, right?)
loose back pillow sofa priced $95
six amazing oak chairs priced $215 for all six; great oak table for $125
these two pieces are this week’s “groove thing” and if you want to shake your groove thing – then you need one or both of ‘em! Retro sofa by Coffington is priced $60; matching loveseat $40 and they’re both in excellent condition
oh my – this dining set by Pennsylvania House is amazingly gorgeous! There’s an oval table with three leaves, four chairs and table pads priced $375; matching cooper dry sink for $145; and a two piece china cabinet (note how the glass is curved – almost like it was hand-blown) for $225
lovely glass and wood coffee table for $40 and matching end tables – one is priced $20 and the other $25 due to more wood scratches on the one
okay – this is a cool but weird rusted old shelving unit by Follett Fixture Co. in Chicago. Besides being a rusted mess – it’s missing some feet on the bottom and is listing to one side – but oh, the potential with a little work! – it’s solid metal and a great size! Price? $15! Yep – only 15 smackaroos!
oversized sofa (missing one back cushion) priced $35; matching loveseat also $35; ottoman (doesn’t match) for $20
we received a box FULL of Harlequin romance type books this week – one of my favorite titles is The Widow and the Rodeo Man (why in these books is the widow always in her twenties and gorgeous?). We sell paperback books for 50 cent each. If reading this type of book is your guilty pleasure – I promise your secret is safe with me!
neat oval table for $125; great orange wingback is priced $65
nice spindle bookcase for $45
cradle with western motif cutouts (guns and boots – not even going there) priced $15
cool tiered metal side table (actually comes apart into three pieces) priced $55 and there are two of them
brown sofa priced $60; matching loveseat for $45 (both are a little worn but not too bad)
fabulous Hooker brand retro dresser priced $85
nice looking dark wood dresser w/mirror priced $85; matching tall chest of drawer for $95
these mint condition enzo counter top height black leather stools by Room and Board retail for $239 each – our price? $75 each!
I love, love, love these two muted blue wingback chairs – one of them the seat buttons have come un-tufted and it’s priced $50; the one that’s still all buttoned up is $65
This is the first year I didn’t cry as I drove away and watched my son get smaller and smaller in the rearview mirror. Maybe I’ve had more time to adjust to him being gone? Maybe I know he’s in a good place and I’m happy for him? Maybe I’m learning to enjoy the space that less hands-on mothering has granted me? Maybe though “mother” is an identity I’ll always have – I’m finding there are other facets of me that I’d forgotten about or are just discovering?
And the answer to that last question – dear reader – is what makes this very moment – as fleeting as it is – a very interesting (if a little scary) place to be!