Did you ever read "Pollyanna"?
Do you remember the Glad Game...?
Walt Disney was de rigeur in our house, every Sunday night at 6:00
if dinner wasn't already over we would beg our Mom to let us roll the television into the dining room to watch the show
Pollyanna was a big favourite and the Glad Game struck a chord... I never played it by her rules, but kinda sorta followed my own version - usually by trying to find something good out of things that were bad... not always easy, but you tried anyhow
a few months ago I posted about a visit to the local antique store - remember, when Joe Crow pooped on me?
many of you said it was lucky, and now I think you may have been right
I saw a cabinet there, that day, from the old days of the Canadian National Railway
it had all sorts of cubbies and slots and things - the kind of thing that would be just fine for a bunch of book-binding paraphernalia
even a nifty drawer to hide away really "important" stuff
my brain whirred and rattled along, imagining what I could put where, but at the end of it all, it was too much money and off I went, with the trusty cigar box under my arm and a wish in my heart
Saturday found me back there, warily looking up as I passed through the alley-way,
looking for paper for my Remains of the Day book
what I found was the cabinet... still there, still gathering dust
...and it seemed there was a deal to be had
today I hauled it home, washed it off and had me some fun!
I started with this assortment on the top...
but quickly decided I liked this look much better
and then spent a few happy hours cleaning, sorting and organizing, moving and re-arranging, getting all my book-binding supplies just so
I'm so glad it was still there...
glad the price came down to something I could afford
glad I went there that day
glad I had the perfect place to put it
glad I have it to hold my treasures
glad for the treasures to put in it
lucky me indeed
as I was putting things to rights, I couldn't help but think of how much fun it would have been to have a cabinet like this when I was young...it would have made playing office AMAZING
each would have claimed a cubby for their own, and we would have left letters and messages all day long
I can just see them now, figuring out something for stamps, and finding letter openers in the drawers of everyday
I'm glad for much