The Giving Sofa

Once there was a sofa…and she loved a little boy

My toddler found our sofa a great place for napping.

Once there was a sofa…and she loved a little boy.

We bought a burgundy-and-green sofa and love seat — our first matching set as a married couple — at Costco. It was Navajo-ish in pattern. It was a happy sofa set. That sofa quickly became part of our family.

We lounged on it. We watched movies on it. We snuggled on it. We dined on it. And the sofa was happy.

When our first son was born, the three of us did more lounging and eating and snuggling and sleeping. You could pull out the hide-away bed for late night movies. The sofa smiled.

My baby boy grew into a toddler and we read books together on the sofa, inclyding The Giving Tree. He played with his toys on it. My son spilled his apple juice on it. The sofa didn’t seem to mind.

The sofa became a trampoline and a dock for jumping off. And the sofa was happy.

When my daughter was born, the four of us did more lounging, snuggling, sleeping, reading, eating. More sippy cups were spilled. A few pee accidents. The sofa didn’t mind.

But time went by.

We would scrub the stains. Fill the flattening cushions with fiberfill to fluff them up. We kept her looking spiffy. And the sofa was happy.

Over the years, the sofa became sorta droopy and stain soaked.

We spruced her up, I put an ad in the classifieds. This guy bought the set just like that. For $500.

What a fair price for a sofa with so many memories!

But looking back, what a traitor I was. Betraying my sofa friend, after so many years of take take take. Was I any different than the old man who cut down the beloved giving tree to a stump?

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