Friday, July 17, 2009

From one Andrew to another

I've never bought or sold anything on Craig's List. I'm not sure why, but I guess part of me was just hesistant about meeting someone in person to trade off used possessions.

But last week, my friend Beth sent me an email about something she found on CL.

The reason? It was monogrammed Andrew. It was a red Pottery Barn rocking chair contraption. It was originally $75 but a lady in town named Jennie was selling it for only $15. It was gently used but still in great condition. I showed it to Matthew and told him that it might be just the thing to keep Andrew from constantly watching TV like this:



So I bit the bullet and emailed her about it. Well, awhile back, I added my blog address to the signature of my email, so that it automatically posts whenever I email anyone. Jennie (the original owner of the Andrew chair) emailed me that she would meet me over by the mall on a certain day. She also mentioned that she checked my blog (to see if I had a son named Andrew) and she would be praying for Benjamin. How sweet!

So I got $15 cash and drove out to the mall to meet her in the Walgreens parking lot. She was so nice! She had all three of her kids with her (including her Andrew, who I think is six) and was headed to the pool. As I went to hand her the money, she wouldn't accept it! She said to enjoy it and use it for Andrew and then save it for Benjamin and to just put the money toward taking care of Benjamin b/c it's hard to be the mom of a special needs child. How great is that!?!?!?

Here it is in our living room:



Here is Andrew watching Mickey Mouse Clubhouse:





And while it came from a pet-free home, it went to a pet-infested home. And is already quite the favorite with the cats.

And already covered in cat hair.

Good thing it's washable.



So if you're reading this, thanks so much, Jennie! It was great to meet you. My Andrew thanks your Andrew, and I thank you. :)

11 comments:

Diana said...

too cool!! I have never seen that!

MamaErin said...

That is awesome - what a sweet and kind gesture for her to make! Stories like these help restore my faith in humanity!

Gisela said...

You gotta love the kindness and generosity of strangers! And Andrew looks like he is enjoying that chair!

datri said...

What a wonderful find and a heartwarming exchange!

Aishlea and Brandon said...

She sounds like a sweetheart and Andrew looks like he is enjoying the chair! Of course, your pretty cat may like it better! :) Your cat looks a lot like mine! (And acts like mine too! They lay on any piece of clothing or furniture they can!)

Kellye, Chad, Hayden, and Sebastian said...

That's AWESOME!!!! Love that chair and it appears it's on the receiving end of quite a bit of love too!

Beth Chappelear said...

YAY! I am so excited the chair turned into such a great story about one wonderful person giving back to another wonderful one...

Kara said...

That is so sweet of her. What a kind hearted person. That chair looks like so much fun, I hope Andrew enjoys it!!

Astrid said...

That's so sweet it made me cry:)

lesliemarie said...

It makes me feel good to know there are still some good people out there! :)

Mary Jo said...

Aww that's so sweet! And I LOL when I saw the pic of how Andrew usually watches TV. And yes it is shaped perfectly for a cat nap :)