We had a garage sale this past weekend. 3 people showed up. I personally have a bunch of antiques that I don’t need anymore. Time to let them go and have someone else haul them around. This is a picture of a kissing Dutch couple. Somehow I aquired them. I remember them sitting on top of my grandmother’s piano. The lips are magnets and their heads bob and they smash their faces together! I put them in the garage sale too.
So… one of the people that came through was a gentleman with a very large personality. Tom was his name. A retired pharmacist. He has 7 children and 18 GRANDCHILDREN!! He built a log cabin with his wife and has been living in it for the past 30 years. While he gave us his life story he kept saying how lucky we were to have such a beautiful child. He asked her name. I told him “Paloma”. Then he said to me…”Oh, like Pablo Picasso’s daughter!” His cheeks were pink and his hair was very thick, wavy and silver. I noticed while he kept talking. “Ya know…my son and his wife spent $50,000 trying to get pregnant”. “They still don’t have a child”. “Are you all thinking of having another child?” “Ever thought of carrying a child for someone?” “People would happily pay you a MILLION DOLLARS for a baby that looks like YOURS!”. “Fair skin, blue eyes, blond hair”. At this point William was holding Paloma and I could see him squeeze her TIGHTER!! “Oh no, we’re done having kids” William said matter of factly. I could hear myself thinking…”well, leave it up to God, because I NEVER expected to be where I am now”.
Tom actually asked if there was anything Paloma needed. We both looked at each other in shock. I guess we looked desperate. William stumbled on his words and said “oh no Sir. We’re fine, she has everything and more”. Tom happily added “…cuz ya know we have a lot of toys since we’re grandparents to 18 grandchildren”. And then this silver haired gentleman held up a pair of needle nose plyers and said “how much for these?”. I said “just a dollar”. He pulled out a dollar bill, handed it to me, shook our hands and wished us well. We watched as he got into his truck and drove away. And that was that!
William and I looked around at ALL our stuff that didn’t sell. We wiped our sweaty brows and thought about it for a moment, then we packed it up like the Beverly Hillbillies and dumped it into Lake Michigan!!!! Ha! Just kidding. I wouldn’t do that. No, we’re planning another sale. But watch for this next chapter of our lives….I can’t WAIT to see what happens next.