For pretty much all of my adult life I have had a dream house. I’m quite sure I’m not alone in this. My dream home has had many changing features, but a few things have remained pretty constant. One of those dreams was to have a screen porch with a day bed. A “sleeping porch”, like people used to have before air conditioning became commonplace. Today I realized that dream. It’s not in its final form, it requires more pillows and a nice quilt, but it’s functional and a great new addition to the screen porch.
The daybed frame I found in a goodwill store for $40, missing the actual under-mattress frame parts. The under-mattress frame part I bought new along with the mattress and boxspring (I have a mental block against using used mattresses). Add a couple bug/waterproof mattress covers (and a full cover I’m going to make for night/bad weather/winter) and bingo, porch daybed. Bonus is the old network extenders and extension cords are all hidden in a plastic bin beneath.
Like I said, this has been a long time dream. Which means it was a long time in coming. I realize that it may never have happened at all, if situations went differently. If I didn’t find the house with the screen porch, if we couldn’t move, etc…etc…etc… There’s other dreams I have too. They may never happen either. Or perhaps they will. That doesn’t mean I should drop them, because I don’t seem to be able to make them happen. It also doesn’t mean that I stress or get sad because they haven’t happened. I enjoy the life I have right here and now. If there’s an opportunity to make something I want happen, I will try to push it along. When I make choices, I try to keep in mind those dreams, and do what will help bring those dreams to fruition. And every once in a while, one of those may come true.