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Part Of The Furniture

One of the oddest expressions I know is that in which a person is described as being part of the furniture – though it is often a status I feel I have in my family home.

It can get very easy to take someone for granted and forget they are present. Important family news or changes may not be shared with them. I learned of my Mum’s plans to remarry, and my sister’s plans to move out of our house after her first wedding (of three) when overhearing it mentioned to others – no one approached me directly to tell me about such matters.

I’m not sure which part of the furniture I am or which part I’d want to be.

Carpet – always under everyone’s feet.

Bed – a source of everyone else’s rest and pleasure.

Bathtub – Receptacle for everyone else’s muck.

TV set – changed at another person’s whim, and stared at constantly. Everyone thinks everything on me is rubbish and threatens to change me for a replacement model – Oh God, I am a family TV set!

Arthur Chappell

Image Credit » Photo selfie or maybe my TV set, taken by me

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maxeen wrote on January 8, 2015, 12:34 PM

At least you are not a table for everyone to put their foot under.

Koalemos wrote on January 8, 2015, 1:13 PM

Look on the bright side, they are likely to remember you when someone is needed to do the washing up.

GayleStorm wrote on January 8, 2015, 2:29 PM

That is an older saying that I wish would come back into modern vernacular.

soupdragon wrote on January 8, 2015, 2:41 PM

I think I am like the cluttered piano we have at our house - I could be a source of creativity and delight if I wasn't weighed down with bills, washing and unwashed coffee mugs.

BarbRad wrote on January 9, 2015, 12:18 AM

That doesn't sound like a very happy state to be in. Do you smile at everyone every day and try to make them laugh?

BodieMor wrote on January 9, 2015, 2:36 AM

Be grateful you aren't a footstool. Or a toilet. (I assumed that was a choice since it would be company for the mucky bathtub...)

scheng1 wrote on January 9, 2015, 9:05 AM

If you have a pet at home, your pet will think that you are his carpet in cold weather.