Courage at Twilight: Which Bedroom?

Preparing for the move, I wondered which room would be best for my bedroom.  The basement bedroom is my favorite guest room because it is cooler, darker, more quiet, and more private—cave-like.  The west-facing room with its big windows grows hot in summer.  The other room has four bunk beds for when the grandchildren were younger.  I decided that the basement would not do: if something went wrong in the night, I would not be able to immediately hear and respond.  I consulted with Mom and Dad, and we decided to take the bunk beds down and move my bed in.  They offered to let me use the larger (hotter) bedroom for my home office.  The ceiling fan and window blinds will ease the heat.  How gracious Mom and Dad were to volunteer this arrangement—it will work beautifully.  The bedroom is simple, with my bed, dresser, and nightstand.  The office has the only other furniture I brought: my 30-year-old first-ever kitchen table that my daughter Erin later refinished with black legs, dark wood-stain top, and painted flowers and vines, for my desk—at this desk, I typed the manuscripts of my book Rabbit Lane: Memoir of a Country Road; a wood filing cabinet; a glass-doored book case for my current journals, writing projects, and reading list; and, the tall driftwood specimen Dad carried off Mount Timponogos in the 1950s and transformed into a gorgeous lamp.  It sits on my great-grandfather Baker’s low, round, oak table with lathe-turned legs.  I feel like I have come home.

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