Nov 24, 2008

The Runner

There it was laying in the glistening sunshine at an outdoor antique fair. An antique runner that I knew I couldn't live without. It was a whopping 18 feet long. Incredible! The dealer had laid it out in front of his booth proudly displaying the vibrant colors. The price was fair, perhaps in part because we knew the dealer, and it was lovingly rolled up and taken home with us.

It served it's purpose for many years, laying in between the livingroom and kitchen. It is the main drag in our home so it saved a lot of foot (and paw) traffic off of the hardwood floor.

When we changed our decor this past Spring, the runner no longer fit in. Because my Mom was working at an flea market, I brought the rug to her house and asked her to add it to her booth whenever she had space.

Here is where the trouble starts. Can you feel it?

My father (and I say that holding the rrrrr) decided one day that he needed a little carpet is his hangar where he keeps his plane.


A little carpet.

Near his plane.

Why, I do not know.

Knowing my mother likes to hoard stuff (sorry, Mom) and not quite up to snuff on his knowledge of antiques, my father, alone one day, found the rug and decided it would be perfect for his little project. So, out came the scissors and he cut that baby like it was, well, a rug.

My mother was of course mortified, but my father, still oblivious to this "old rug" called to tell me the news. Which by the way, he thought was quite funny-- until I regained my composure and told him just how much that "old rug" cost.

Let's just say the conversation didn't end well - something with me grumbling "I have to go scream into a pillow now - goodbye..."

We both laugh about it now. I soon got over myself - and the rug - and told him he has one 'snazzy' hangar. Which by the way, I haven't been to see since he dressed it up- the photo above was taken 'before' his flair for decorating old hangars emerged.

I think he may have a future in it in fact. After all, there's still some 12' left of runner left to work with... ;)


The Queen of Fifty Cents said...

While I'm a staunch advocate of reusing thrifted items (I cut up a fifty cent pair of Carol Little pants a while back to reframe a picture) I have to admit this story gave me palpitations!

Bethie - Chic Junque said...

Very funny story about the runner. Sounds like you are describing my family. By the way, have been following the recovery of your family, and I'm glad to hear that everyone is recovering, and just in time for the holidays! Enjoy!

Ele at abitofpinkheaven said...

Oh My gosh Joy! At least your fatherrrrrrr has good taste!

Janet said...

I love that man.


restyled home said...

Great story, Joy! Can you believe men??

I was wondering how your nephew is doing...I dearly hope he is improving.

Take care,

Denise Elizabeth said...

Hi, great rug. I found a photo that you posted on flicr. Hope you don't mind if I use it. It's a christmas collage. Thanks, Denise

Dapoppins said...

Oh, my, goodness! What a laugh.