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EDITOR’S NOTE By Kerry Slavens

THIS CHANGES EVERYTHING

I

bought a sofa on impulse a few weeks ago. It’s one of those luxuriously cushy models with ornate wooden legs that would be perfectly at home in the drawing room of a Southern antebellum mansion. It’s the kind of sofa I’ve always wanted and it took me all of five minutes to decide to buy it, call up the seller and arrange for delivery. But as soon as my dream sofa was delivered to my home, I knew I had made a massive mistake. The sofa was, in fact, so huge that all of my other furniture looked like dollhouse furniture in comparison. And the style was so completely wrong alongside my straight-lined modern furnishings that I couldn’t even pretend I was going for an eclectic look. Naturally, I sent the gargantuan sofa back, right? Actually, no. That would have been entirely too easy. Much to my husband’s confusion (and annoyance, I’m sure), I opted to keep this intrusive new piece of furniture and change everything else to suit it. It was illogical, certainly. Who changes their entire home and creates such upheaval to accommodate SOMETIMES one sofa? Admittedly, I did feel a bit crazy as I turned my home into something resembling Kilshaw’s A SOFA IS NOT Auctioneers in my buy-and-sell frenzy. JUST A SOFA. “I think you actually bought that sofa as an excuse to redecorate,” my husband said. He may have been partly right. Although I didn’t consciously set out to buy a sofa that didn’t fit, neither did I pre-measure my rooms or the height of my other furniture. I just bought it. It’s not like this kind of action is completely out of character for me. I’ve never been satisfied with incremental change, which I often find excruciatingly slow. My way is usually to drag the elephant ... err, sofa ... into the room and say, “Now everything has to change.” I know my way can sometimes be a bit of a shock to people who prefer a gradual approach to change, but for me there’s something completely cathartic in radical transformation. Like in the movies when an ordinary person disappears into a phone booth and emerges — presto-chango — with super powers, ready to handle anything. Thankfully, there are often reflective moments in the midst of big change, like when my daughter sat down beside me on the new sofa and asked, “Mom, is this craziness with the furniture because I’m moving out?” You know, I thought, maybe she’s right? Maybe my furniture frenzy is a reversal of the nesting a woman goes through when she is preparing her home for a new baby? Maybe, just as my daughter is preparing to leave, I am also preparing for my new phase of life. I’m happy for my daughter and I’m proud of her, but I’m also not quite sure what life will feel like without her trailing clothes, shoes, horse gear, school books — and laughter — through the house. So I suppose the sofa is a symbol of change, and it’s a comforting symbol at that because as Linda Ellerbee, author of Take Big Bites, wrote: “What I like most about change is that it’s a synonym for ‘hope’” — and hope is something I have lots of, for my daughter’s future and mine. ­­— Kerry

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