T3: Old/New/Borrowed/Blue

Onesome: Something old- Do you have anything that you’ve owned simply forever? A cherished childhood toy, an antique handed down through the family…
Three things:
-My mother’s button box. The tin belonged to my great-grandmother, I think. It’s read, but I don’t remember what was originally in it. The buttons have changed some, over the years, and additions and subtractions happened, but I remember some of them as being on my mother’s favorite coat, stuff like that.

-My grandfather’s red leather chair. It’s older than I am, and it’s the chair he sat in to read to me, when I was very small. Now I sit in it to read. The upholstery needs to be fixed, but I can’t bear to do it.

-A stuffed Winnie-the-Pooh that I got as a gift for my first birthday. It’s about 12 inches tall, maybe 15, NOT fluffy, and from the time before Pooh was disnified. He has velcro on his front paws, in lieu of actual honey, but alas, he’s naked. Somewhere along the line, his red vest got lost.

Twosome: Something new- Buy anything new lately?
-Other than pens and dvd’s? Not really. I bought some lamps for my dressing room a few weeks ago, but they’re not really new now.

Threesome: Something borrowed- Ever borrowed anything and never returned it?
Yes. My grandmother’s red hat. It’s one of my favorites.

Bonus: Something blue- See anything blue from where you are? What is it?
My stapler. It’s a blue swingline. At one point there was a matching staple remover and scissors, but I’ve no idea where those are. I once read an essay in The New Yorker that compared innovations in staplers to innovations in locomotive engines – if you look at staplers and train engines over the years, they really do echo each other – so now I choose staplers based on how much like a train I think they are. Apparently when I bought this one, I was in my Amtrak period.

Yes, I’m eccentric. We knew this :)

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