Once upon a time, the MiMBY Couple worked for a pair of artists who grew a great company. Many lessons were learned from this talented pair, but probably the biggest by far was not to let inspiration pass you by.
This is the story of a lamp. A simple turned wood lamp found in a junk shop in Nevada way back before we were married, that traveled to California and on to Maine until it settled with the rest of our meager belongings, most of which were books, in upstate New York. It acquired a hand-me-down beaded shade, which suited it nicely. It was taken over by the MiMBY Teen after two moves and was gathering dust in a corner of his room, unused and forgotten.
Then a clothing catalog showed up in the mail. Boden is generally full of good ideas for fun skirts and the children's clothing is well-made and stands up to repeated wear passed down from child to child. I casually flipped through the catalog and found this:
See that pink lamp on the right? The one with the shade sitting drunkenly askew? That's our lamp! The forgotten lamp! Here's another shot just in case you aren't clear:
This started a frantic search of the house. We've moved twice in four years and I was a little concerned that the lamp hadn't made the final move as I hadn't seen it in a while. After searching every nook and cranny, including the basement and barn, I asked the MiMBY Teen on the off chance he might remember where it had last been spotted.
"It's in my room. Gosh, Mommy," yes, he still calls me Mommy, which I love. "Your memory is horrible."
Yes, well, the point is the lamp survived the move and is still with us. This is where the title of our blog post comes in. The lamp moved downstairs and sat in an awkward and inconvenient location because I've learned that for me to act on my inspirations I must be reminded every day that the task is waiting for my attention. The MiMBY Girl, who was the most inconvenienced because it sat in front of her toy shelf, helped choose a paint color. We agreed that Boden was correct and that color was fun.
The guy at Sherwin-Williams empathized with the MiMBY Husband, who had requested the lamp be painted a nice tasteful gray. Seriously. Where's the joy in sanding off varnish and priming if you're going to go with gray?