Arranging the marriage furniture
(a conversation overheard after the fact)
We’ve been looking for an upholstered chair. For the bedroom
but not for the bed. You know, for when you wanna watch TV,
but not in the living room. A chair like that.
And it will, oh yea, its rusty color makes the bedroom look
better than it does. Bought it right away, that same day.
So it works, works perfectly well, like when the wife is in the
other room, fiddling, doing whatever it was she was doing,
and I wasn’t.
I was in the bedroom alone.
That’s what a chair can do.
neil reid © february 2011
Honestly, don’t blame me! And I almost got up, put on my hat and coat, walked away from the table when something about this common yet earnest conversation just suggested pen-to-hand, then please write. The only omissions are mostly only omission itself (too much too fast for me to get it all down).
I think (I suspect) his meanings may be something slightly (kinder) other than recorded here, but I adored the words he chose to use all the same. (That’s why I stayed.) Yet again, there’s something “informative” too about the how & what he said. I am mostly studious editor here.