What you are about to read is an account of a treasure hunt that turned into an adventure. My knee is getting worse. Surgery is scheduled in three weeks if the hospitals don’t stop operating on people again. Rooster found a stained-glass lighting fixture that would go great in the room where we write. It would require us to drive 80 miles to pick up the desired item. We also thought about visiting an antique shop once we got to Fort Wayne. Thus, the Stained-Glass Lighting adventure started.
The plan was simple. Get up, eat breakfast, and leave town by noon. We stuck to the schedule, only we miss calculated how long it would take for us to get to Fort Wayne. Someone told Rooster the trip to the city north of us would only take 40 minutes. We traveled for over an hour before we saw the Fort Wayne city limits sign. By the time we got there, my entire leg had started to throb.
Rooster’s splurge while on The Stained-Glass Lighting Adventure
To understand the importance of what happened on our journey to Fort Wayne, you need to remember that my husband is a very frugal man. The man doesn’t normally make impulsive purchases unless it involves motorcycle stuff.
A nice young man met Rooster in the garage after we pulled into a driveway in a suburban section of Fort Wayne. Rooster walked back toward the car, carrying his purchase, and he climbed into the driver’s seat and informed me we need to find an ATM. The guy had more stained-glass lighting fixtures for sale. It is surprising how much stuff you can cram into the backseat of a Chevy Spark.
After a 20 minute drive, we circled back so Rooster could make his deal. We decided to head home because a snowstorm was moving in our direction. On the drive, Rooster had a case of buyer’s remorse. He regretted spending the money.
Why I don’t think Rooster made a mistake on our Stained-Glass Lighting Adventure
There are many reasons why I believe Rooster made a good choice.
- We like the look of stained-glass. The lighting fixtures will go well with my crazy quilts.
- We are getting ready to redo the rooms upstairs. The extra pieces Rooster bought won’t go to waste.
- The money goes back into the local economy, not to one of those big chain stores.
- The stained-glass lighting fixtures won’t end up in a landfill.
- His purchase will save us money when we start on our many projects
We spent the day taking a nice drive. I’m excited about all the pretty pieces of stained-glass we acquired. I can’t wait for my surgery to get done, so I can help when he starts on the projects. I will keep you posted. There will be many changes in the New Normal, and I believe bartering and repurposing will become important ways for people to do business in the future.
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Molly Shea is an accomplished fictional short story writer from Indiana who writes short stories and novels about a fictional town called Tecumseh. To read more of her short stories and adventures, click here.
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