"We will take it home and sell it," I said happily. "No one is going to buy that," Adam replied, emphasizing the word "that."
So usually when I find a discarded item, Adam agrees we can take it home. He knows by now that I simply cannot pass up an opportunity to rehab some discarded treasure, and he also knows others appreciate my creativity -- and he does too, usually. And what was different this time? This time we were in Paris, far from our apartment, and definitely far from our home. On top of that, my dear Adam now requires not only a white can because of his low vision but also the crook of my elbow to help navigate the busy-side of Paris, namely the Metro.
Here we were: a rolling cart chock-full of Paris market treasures that was heavier than we are combined, Adam with his white cane, me as his visual assistant, and a fresh-baked baguette. But, this old cage had that old vintage blue patina, the shape was so sweet and it was from Paris. No way was I going to leave this for the rubbish truck!
I ripped off a chunk of the crusty tip of the baguette and handed it to Adam and then a chunk for me as I developed a plan. "There is no way you can get me, the cart, the baguette and this rusty old birdcage back to the apartment safely," he declared while chewing. "Oh contraire," I thought.
Not only did this old discarded Paris vintage gem make it safely home, but I am selling it. I think the story makes it even more fun, non? We will have to charge something for it though, since we practically killed ourselves getting back to the apartment, dealt with many befuddled stares from our fellow Parisians, a wee bit of humiliation suffered by my dear better half, and shipping it home.
Ah, the price of adventure. Come see this wonderful cage a oiseaux at the "Merry Christmas ...in Paris!" market Dec. 11-14!
December "A Merry Christmas -- in Paris!" Hours:
Thursday, December 11: 5pm-8pm
Friday, December 12: 10am-5pm
Saturday, December 13: 10am-5pm
Sunday, December 14: Noon-5pm