Mitch and I that is. So alike, so different. We go together like peanut butter and jelly. Today I went thrifting and on my way out the door saw a set of tables. A round coffee table and matching end table. $15.00 for both. I've wanted a round coffee table so back inside I went and paid the lady. On the short drive home I played the conversation in my mind that would likely take place at home. The converstaion where I ask Mitch to go pick up my purchases with his truck since they wouldn't fit in my car...the grumbling that would ensue... you don't need a coffee table...what are you going to do with the one we have? As I was gearing up to defend myself I pulled into the driveway and looked back towards his garage. The garage he paints and tinkers in. I knew exactly what I would say. He buys things he doesn't need because he sees the potential. He too loves taking something others see as junk and making it beautiful, cars in his case. And when I say something others see as junk, I include myself. You have no vision, no imagination, he says. True. When he brings home a pile of metal that looks like this.
I see rust and missing parts and... junk. Just like when I bring home a pile of thrifted clothes with visions of purses...
He sees... . thrifted clothes. Someone's cast offs. So I knew when he started the grumbling about not needing, and where are we going to put it, I knew what my response would be and it made me smile. "We are one in the same. Your junk is in the form of rusty old cars, mine is in the form of second hand furniture and clothes." How alike we are. How happy it makes us to start with something no one else wants and with a little time and effort have something beautiful. I guess it would be nice to be able to afford to buy new and fancy furniture, I guess it would. I really wouldn't know and likely never will, but somehow I think the feeling of satisfaction and accomplishment that comes from doing it myself is much nicer.
This gratitude Friday I'm grateful to be married to someone so like me, only different. I'm grateful for whatever it is that's in me that makes me want to, no need to create and grateful that same need lives inside my best friend.