I said goodbye to an old friend today.
Stop right there. Before you start reaching for those kleenex, thinking this is going to be one of my tearjerkers, just wait. This is about a bedspread.
Practically from the time Ted and I married, we have had the same bedspread – well, it’s actually a comforter. It’s a Waverly pattern – Garden Images to be exact. And no, it hasn’t been the SAME comforter for all those years. I bought the first one at a linen store in Panama City Beach in 1990. It was the most gorgeous thing I had ever seen – a creamy background, covered in magnolias, dogwoods, and butterflies. It was so heavy we never needed an additional blanket – even in the winter. A bedskirt, two shams and a couple of Garden Images accent pillows completed the ensemble. Perfect.
After three or four years of use (and dogs), I would order another set just like it. After the third such set, I thought, “Geez, you are in a rut. Why don’t you get something different?” So I did. I ordered this beautiful bedspread from a linen catalog, along with shams and pillows. I put it on the bed, and I promise I tried to like it – for two whole days. I’m sure in anyone else’s bedroom, it would have been great – but not in ours. I was sick – and even Ted said, “It doesn’t look like our bedroom anymore” (for Ted to comment on bed linens means only one thing – he hated it).
The new bedspread and all the accessories came off and back they went to the catalog store. Out of the same catalog I ordered Waverly’s Garden Images again, and when I got everything back where it was supposed to be, our bedroom was perfect again.
I think that was two comforters ago. I know in the 21 years we have been married, we have had five sets of those same linens. Until today.
The latest Garden Images was really about a year past due for replacement. The addition of Bear to our “mix” put a lot more stress on this comforter, but I had decided to wait until we returned in November to order a new set. Then last week, after my doctor’s appointment, I stopped in Belk’s linen department. There, spread out on a model bed, was the most gorgeous comforter set I have ever seen. Not only that, but it was on sale. AND, the saleslady said, if I would let her put it on hold and ring it up on Saturday, there would be an additional 15% off. I didn’t even hesitate. I said, “Yes, yes, yes!” I was getting a new comforter – something different, and I loved it!
On Tuesday I was back in Albany to pick up the new linens. I didn’t even get them out of the bag last night, knowing I would have to iron the bedskirt and shams. I was so excited this morning that I skipped my second cup of coffee to get started. I stripped the bed, and Ted lifted the mattress so I could pull out the old bedskirt and slide on the new one. Then I asked him to leave the room. I said, “I don’t want you to see it until it’s all on the bed. You are going to LOVE it!”
I put on a fresh set of sheets – I even ironed the pillow cases. The comforter floated on perfectly, the shams were crisp and stood up perfectly, the accent pillows were beautiful. I called for Ted to come and see.
Ted stood in the bedroom door and said, “It’s the same comforter.”
“What are you talking about?” I said, with my hands on my hips.
“Brenda, it’s the same comforter, except the background is green!”
“Don’t be ridiculous,” I said, grabbing the packaging.
And right there in black and white I read – Garden Images by Waverly (Sage).
Sometime during the day, I goggled Waverly’s Garden Images and learned that our old comforter is Garden Images (Parchment), and there is also a Waverly Garden Images (Black). We are set for life!