by Joanne Rock –
I bought a new bed last week.
In the process of doing some redecorating recently, I’ve been visiting consignment stores and thrift shops, looking for fun new treasures. One of my fun finds was an antiqued wrought iron bed frame that I promptly dragged home and set up in place of a heavy wooden headboard. I liked it right away. It looked at home in my bedroom and with my new bedspread—score one for thrifty shopping.
Here’s where my story takes a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup turn. [Remember the old “two great tastes in one” commercials – “you got peanut butter on my chocolate”?] I was sitting on the bed last night, unpacking some things I’d picked up at IKEA for the Great Home Redecorating project. On impulse, I’d grabbed two boxes of white floral string lights, having no plan what to do with them. Impulse buying happens way too often for me at IKEA. But this time, it seemed sort of fated. As I sat wondering if I should return the floral string lights, I was staring right at my new iron head board. Voila! Two great tastes in one. I immediately started weaving a strand through the bars.
It looks amazingly cute—like a fairy came and waved her wand over my bed, especially at night when it’s the only light in the room. It’s not terribly practical since I can’t prop a pillow in bed against the headboard so well, but I’m going to enjoy the fairy lights for a few months before I turn practical again.
One of my favorite non-fiction authors, Sarah Ban Breathnach has a book called Romancing the Ordinary that celebrates these kinds of small triumphs. It’s a wonderful inspiration to me, and even just thinking about the title helps free me from my practical side to enjoy the whimsical. I hope you find a way to romance your ordinary today!
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***Joanne Rock is a regular contributor to the Writerspace blog, look for her posts on the 19th of each month.