Fabulous!!! She's Back.


First off let me thank all the well wishers and prayers that are coming my way..I can feel them already! Just be specific! I don't want triplets! LOL!

In other news she's back. The purple velvet couch that was my Grandmothers. My Grandmother was my idol and best friend. When I was a child I would go in my Grandmothers living room and visit the couch. I would just sit on it very gently and stare at it. I had never seen a purple couch before or since.

I had lent the couch, after I had inherited it, to my cousin. She had moved here sans couch. Before I knew it, five years passed through the hourglass like a snap.

Then the phone call I had been waiting for. My couch was coming home. My Grandmother was an artist (painter), a supreme baby spoiler, and had a wicked sense of humor that could make anyone smile. She loved all things purple and fabulous. Her house was filled with art and artifacts from all her travels. Mysterious things she found on archaeological digs that just blew my little mind.

I was her first grandchild but we had a bond that went far beyond Grandmother and grandchild. We were best friends. She told me her deep dark stuff and I told her mine. Her deepest darkest stuff was about how much she missed my Grandfather and how he was the love of her life. She still had his clothes in the drawers, even though he'd passed away over a decade ago. I didn't judge her. We understood each other.

When she died, she left me the purple velvet couch that I had "visited" in her living room. This I had expected. What I didn't expect was that she would leave me her wedding ring. That blew my mind. Her single sign of devotion to my Grandfather and she left it to me.

The purple couch and I have been united and tonight I sat on it. I thought of my Grandmother, My Grandfather, and all things purple and fabulous.

21 comments:

Cyndi said...

I just love the story about the sofa. What a great reminder of your grandmother for your home and a good conversation piece. I will be praying for you during this time for a fast take and one or two healthy babies.

Claire said...

Love the purple couch - my Mom gave me my Nana's engagement ring - and I love to look at it and know in my heart what it means.

Etiquettely Correct said...

That is so wonderful! Its always funny to me how grandparents and grandchildren understand each other - sometimes it feels like they "get" each other better than parents and children. Enjoy your purple couch and your memories :)

Rach (Mommy Learns to Blog) said...

What a beautiful couch and an even more beautiful story. Such a lovely tribute to your grandmother, and a testimony to the amazing closeness you shared as both grandmother/granddaughter and best friends. I'm glad your couch is back, and you had a great time reflecting on all of your wonderful memories.

BTW, I am crossing fingers and toes for one healthy baby, and a maximum of 2. You are brave and strong - I have a friend who went through in vitro several times, and I know what a roller coaster it is. She now has 3 beautiful children (guess what? she got twins on the second success!) Here's wishing you the best of luck on the first try!

Tres Poshe Preppy said...

How fun! Such a sweet story. I remember going to my Grandma's when I was young and admiring all her interesting and fabulous things too. I have a set of gold leaf nesting tables from her that I adore!

Fabulous couch. I remember seeing a purple sofa (art decoish looking) at Z Gallerie over 10 years ago and thinking... this is the first purple sofa I've seen. This is my second and yours is SO much more fabulous! Plus, purple is really "in" right now so perfect timing! Enjoy!:)

WSU Laura said...

It is gorgeous especially with all the memories attached to it.

Stephanie said...

Hey there!!! what a lovely space with the couch. Makes me want to lounge on it with a nice glass of wine. Thanks so much for stopping by. Definitely try the fried green tomatoes. Couldn't be easier or more delicious. Just at a quick glance I see you're going through some "stuff." I surely will say a prayer for you!!!!!!!!

Lindsey said...

Love the couch and love the story!

I have a few friends who are going through some difficult infertility issues too and it breaks my heart. Keeping you in my prayers.

Clare said...

Just found your blog today, so fun. Love the story about the couch and ring, how sweet! Enjoy the couch! XO, Clare

Preppy Mama said...

So glad you have your couch! Thanks for sharing the story. It makes me miss my grandfather.

Linney Shvede said...

I know how you feel...my purple sofa is a desk which is coming up in a post very soon! Great minds think alike! Reunited and it feels so good!

Ashley said...

What a great piece of furniture to have in your house, to always remind you of such a wonderful person! That's great!

Wila (aka Ali) said...

What a great post! I had the same relationship with my Mema, and I miss her soooo much! It was great to read about your purple couch. I used to have a purple velvet loveseat in my old home. I thought it wouldn't fit in my with new place and sold it with the house. Oh! How I regret that!!! It was so fab and unique! Maybe one day I'll come across another!!! XOXO

Happy Homemaker said...

How sweet!

Melissa said...

What a beautiful story. The couch is really pretty!

L.A. Prep said...

You were so so lucky to have a relationship like that with your grandmother - that is incredibly special! So happy you got the couch back - it must put a smile on your face whenever you sit on it! I'm sure your grandmother is smiling too!

Lauren said...

I am glad your purple couch is back! Your grandmother sounds like a fun lady!

Karen said...

What a heartwarming and beautiful story! Love the couch!

Karen

Belle in Bloom said...

That's the sweetest thing I've ever heard. I love that she gave you her wedding ring. sweet.
I also love the purple couch. Now, you can create new memories with it in your own home. :)

Saucy said...

Wow. Deliciously sentimental. I'd love a purple couch, especially with a good story like that. I suspect you might like the sofa more than the ring, am I correct?

Hoping you two are wildly happy together!

wanderlust said...

Love the couch. I've got a purple couch in my new apartment, and chair & a half!

It doesn't look as luxurious and classic as yours though.