Susun & John's Straw Bale House beside Montezuma Well National Monument in Rimrock, Arizona
Thursday, January 13, 2011
Bye, Bye, Beddie
This old cast iron bed has been in my life since 1975, plus or minus a year. Back then I was living in Zionsville, Indiana, and owned, published and edited the paid circulation weekly newspaper there. In today's lingo, we call that a "past life." Well, anyway, my parents found this iron bed up in Lafayette. It had been in the same family since sometime in the 1880's or 1890's--nobody could remember. My folks bought the bed and lugged the heavy thing down to Zionsville. Then in the mid-80's, they actually brought it out to Flagstaff! I lugged it all over Flagstaff and then took it out to Brown Springs Ranch and then into a variety of storage units. In 1993 we even set it up in a screen tent here on the property. Eventually, it wound up in a couple of other outdoor settings before we finally built a house around the bed and then slept it in from 1993-2006. It went into storage again over in Sedona in May 2006, never moving an inch for years. We finally excavated it yesterday and strapped atop the Nissan for yet another trip to The Straw House where it now roosts calmly in my shed.
Sadly, we think it's time to sell it. We both are loathe to do so but it just doesn't fit in any of our life spaces now. It's tough to part with something that's been a part of my life and our lives for so long. However, we can't simply keep stuff forever, no matter how endearing or special it might be. So, it's time to wave "Bye, Bye" to this Dear Beddie. We hope it finds a great new home and begins a new life story with another family soon.