Sunday, June 28, 2015

An Awesome Thrift Find!

Hello All!

I saw this at the thrift store a couple weeks ago:

I liked it.  It reminded me of ocean waves.  It wasn't priced and I wasn't sure if someone would price it for me.  And, there weren't any discounts that day.  It hadn't occurred to me where I would put it, so I passed.  But it stayed on my mind.  It reminded me of the ocean--well, ocean waves...and the sea foam bubbles left on the sand.  I kept thinking of this poem by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.  In college, I did a paper on it and its meaning:

The tide rises, the tide falls,
The twilight darkens, the curlew calls;
Along the sea-sands damp and brown
The traveler hastens toward the town,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

Darkness settles on roofs and walls,
But the sea, the sea in the darkness calls;
The little waves, with their soft, white hands,
Efface the footprints in the sands,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.

The morning breaks; the steeds in their stalls
Stamp and neigh, as the hostler calls;
The day returns, but nevermore
Returns the traveller to the shore,
      And the tide rises, the tide falls.
The poem is symbolic for the passage of time.  And while time passed, the thrift store priced the item ($200).  And while time passed, 50% off day rolled around.  And while time passed, I grew more and more fond of it.  So fond, in fact, I bought it :)

This wall in our bedroom has been calling for something.  It sat empty for awhile and then I tried out a few things--a console table, a large mirrored-frame mirror.  Meh.  Nothing felt right.  Ah,but this! This is what I've been waiting for .  It's marked--an Artmax room divider.

I showed it to a friend at work and the first thing she said was, "It looks like a mermaid!" Oh that's even better than waves.

Have a great week!

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