I waited all day for the truck to arrive. To be truthful, I’d been waiting for that truck to get here since it had first left the duplex on Friday morning. It was Thursday, almost a full week since I’d seen something that had been a permanent fixture in my family and my life since before any of my siblings were even born.
Since before my parents had even been married for six months to be honest. It was their first baby, something they bought before they even had a bed to sleep on at night.
“I told your father that I would sleep on the floor as long as necessary in order to get that piano,” she said as I glanced once more out the window in anticipation.
With silence, we watch as, piece by bulky piece, the piano is brought in and then assembled. Very politely, the movers turn it just a little, this way and that for my mother once it’s fully together.
“That’s it! That’s perfect.” She says with a smile.
I thank them as well and make sure to pay them before watching as they drive off once more, this time without a member of my family with them.
I turn back to the piano and don’t comment as I see Mom hugging it. I’d already done that while they were putting their equipment away anyway.
image: Iris and the piano, from martha0stout’s phone
Even Iris missed her favorite perch.
Don’t worry about the broken music stand. That happened decades ago when my parents were still married and before their many children. That’s right, that wasn’t us…for once.
(This was supposed to be post right after the piano arrived, but I forgot. It’s the second part to So Long Old Friend. The two titles are from a song from the Garfield cartoon movies.)
(I will include the link to the first post when I am able.)