I’m living in the Comfort Inn in St. Thomas, Ontario for about fifteen days. My condo in Belmont should be ready for me sometime between September 15 and 20.
Jane is the interior designer I hired to “stage” my home in Union for sale and to help me design my new living spaces. A couple of weeks ago, it was time for us to decide on colours for the walls. You’ll be happy to know that as well as a warm white, I’ve picked bright red, green, teal, yellow, purple and blue, as well as a cozy reddish brown for the den. I love them all! At one point when Jane saw the directions I was heading, tears came to her eyes.
How strange that along with the grief in losing my dear wife Jody comes an unexpected silver lining: I don’t have to run wall colours by anyone else, except getting Jane’s opinion … It’s the Bruce show.
My bedroom will be teal – both walls and ceiling, with a warm white crown molding separating the two surfaces. It’ll look so cool. The new owners of my former home in Union asked for Jody’s and my reddish wood sleigh bed in their offer to purchase so I needed to buy a new headboard, footboard and rails.
Friday I went to The Brick on a furniture hunt. I rounded corner after corner with nothing singing to me. And then, there sat a creamy white bed with a sweetly curving headboard. And I’m pretty sure there was a sign hanging on it saying “B-R-U-C-E”. I fell in love.
Soon thereafter, I realized I could buy a matching dresser, mirror, chest and two night tables, all for a very good price. I wanted to leap to the sky but I felt myself contracting. “I must see if Jane thinks this stuff will go in my bedroom.” So I texted her, even though she had told me the day before that she was heading off on a week’s vacation. No answer Friday. No answer yesterday morning.
As I waited for a text that probably wouldn’t be coming for a few days, I thought about Bruce. The guy has some design skills. He can recognize “esthetically pleasing” (most of the time). And I noticed that over the past few weeks, I’d fallen into the trap of depending on the professional’s opinion. Thank God Jane agreed with me about the bold colours. But here I sat, afraid to say to myself “This works.” Afraid to be the sole one choosing. Afraid to head back to The Brick with my MasterCard.
I just watched this fear, as a good Buddhist is wont to do. My body was rigid. And then it wasn’t. And then it was again. Then another letting go.
I got in Scarlet
I drove to The Brick
I sat on my bed
I opened the drawers of my dresser
I looked in the mirror to see who was there
And I pulled out my credit card