Years ago, after my parents had purchased a new portable color-TV, Dad decided he would put the still working black-n-white on the curb. Being Dad, he first made a wooden sign with a white painted background and large block letters spelling, FREE. With the giveaway item and his new sign deposited at the end of the driveway, we sat down for dinner on the screened porch. Within four minutes, we heard a car stop and then drive away, leaving only the sign which, 50+ years later, Mom still uses sometimes.
This morning’s 7am curbside giveaway lasted a tad longer … all of 13 minutes. I bought my “brodhead” rocker with going-away money gifted from my fellow teachers as I moved from being a school librarian in Brodhead, Wisconsin to my first post-MLS1 public library position in Columbus, Georgia. This 1979 purchase was inspired by an Oval Office picture of John F. Kennedy sitting in his Bentwood rocker.
This chair has gone from Wisconsin, to Georgia, to Illinois and, finally, to Minnesota. It is well traveled and well used – but we are ready for a change. With our new red-birch living room floor beautifully installed we are also replacing some of the furniture. We have a Stressless™ leather recliner on order and so I bid adieu to my “brodhead” rocker.
1 University of Wisconsin – Madison, Masters of Library Science