Breaking Up

02/14/2011

purple phase

Urgency Day 186

500 Things Items #311-12: Purple Glasses

  • History: From the purple glass collection
  • Value: Especially fun quaff-containers
  • Parting Pain: Under the circumstances, huge relief
  • Un-possessing: Gift

On Valentine’s Day, no one wants to talk about breaking up.

Fortunately, this break up is about a set of glasses, not a pair of lovers.

Recently, I broke a glass. We were having a lovely evening with some very lovely friends at their lovely home. Yes, wine had been served and consumed, but don’t blame the wine. I am just clumsy. I broke a glass. A lovely purple wineglass. I felt terrible.

But as I watched in slow motion the glass overbalancing and I listened to the horrible crack of delicate crystal shattering against unforgiving granite counter, in that unnerving moment, I harbored a secret.

But first, a Fun Fact!

Just yesterday in the Sunday Chicago Tribune, I learned that there is such a thing as a Color of the Year. Not the usual “pink is the new black,” but a very very specific color of the year. The Benjamin Moore Paint Company pronounced its “chocolaty purple” paint color Vintage Wine the Color of the Year.

It is a beautiful color; not at all a cloying lavender or dated mauve or garish-sports-team screaming-in-your-face PURPLE. You should check it out. It would be gorgeous on an accent wall, a throw pillow, or in glass.

But back to my secret.

When I broke my friend’s  glass, I knew exactly where to get an astonishingly similar one: In a cabinet in my kitchen. Coincidentally, I own virtually identical glasses as my friend’s. In my acquisitive past, I nurtured a special passion for purple glasses. So if my clumsiness happens to take down a purple glass, at least there is a strong possibility that I own its replacement. Crazy, but true.

But which is crazier? My affection for purple glasses or the coincidence that I would, in fact, break a purple glass that I could so readily replace? Maybe there is a deeper meaning to this occasion of my clumsiness. Maybe in my clumsiness, there was a harmonic convergence: I could replace the broken glass and so downsize a little; repair my damaged reputation; and discover my affection for purple validated. At least for this color year.

How often are our passions validated?

Even on Valentine’s Day.


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One Response to “Breaking Up”

  1. melanie Says:

    That’s a happy ending.You accomplished 3 tasks by breaking a friend’s glass! Good work!


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