And sometimes what the heart wants is an antique picture of a laughing cat.
This is the picture that my Grandma Watson had hanging in her breezeway throughout my childhood; though my grandma was not a cat person, she was most definitely a framed laughing cat person. It was the source of much comfort and familiarity, this slightly bizarre piece of framed art. Marie has the original, and now I am the proud owner of my own original, too, thanks to the EBay King. I got a bee in my bonnet about the origin of this cat picture, did some creative googling, and found this:
This originally ran in a Parents magazine in March, 1929. My mother and uncle are not that old, but it's possible it came from one of my grandma's four sisters—that I'll never know. But after discovering the actual history of this, I DOUBLE HAD TO HAVE IT.
Matt thinks I'm crazy. It wasn't the cheapest thing he's ever bought on EBay. But sometimes the heart wants what it wants, and that part he understands. And once I find a proper old, ornate frame for it, I will walk past it and think of my Grandma Watson, her breezeway, and the swing (glider) I used to sit in for hours reading and whiling away the summer hours. Worth every penny.
Incidentally, it was a swing that kind of loosely looked like this.... which has also been on my wishlist for pretty much my entire life, or at least since 2000 when I received my first GrandinRoad catalog in the mail. Mother's Day? Hee hee.