The yard sale last Saturday was a big success. Super big thanks to Kathy for all her help and support. Also to everybody who came and took things away.
The weather was no great, but we had everything indoors, and we had a pretty good turn out. Even though there is still stuff leftover, a lot of things went out the door, and we put a few bucks in our pocket. It felt good and we were exhausted at days end.
I have to say I was super surprised that something didnâ€™t even get a once over. Our TV for example! I just couldnâ€™t believe that no one even asked about it, it is such a beaut! So on the day after the sale, Ken took some left overs, including the TV to the recycle depot. There is a shelf there for old electronics, and now this gem will join the ranks of landfill.
It’s not that I am attached to the TV – but this particular TV has a story or two, and as it left the house I felt like a piece of Parker history left with it.
Ken already had this TV when we met back in 1982. It was used and unwanted even back then, but served us well as Ken and I both watch a lot of TV.
This is the TV that had apart in my sobriety and made it possible for me to have the great life I have with Ken.
Sure I spent many hours on the couch watching it as I drank, but also this the TV that I poured water down by accident as I was watering the plant that hung above it when we lived in Colorado.
This is the TV that I broke, and because I didnâ€™t know any better back in those days, I almost left the best life I could have imagined because at the time, I didnâ€™t know you could apologize for making a mistake.
I was so sure back then that Ken would want me gone after I broke his TV, that I packed my things and waited for him to come home from work so I could at least say goodbye.
Lucky for me, Ken is Ken. Some say he is the voice of reason and gratefully, I listened and I learned when he told me to just â€œget it fixed.â€
It sounds so silly 30 years later. But, yesterday as this old TV went out the door, I remembered and smiled.
When things are broken or you make a mistake. Say youâ€™re sorry and get â€˜em fixed.
Ken gave me my first real lesson in listening and making amends because of this TV.