It was a very nice coffee table at one time.
Carved wood, lots of glass, it looked nice in the library which is a symphony of blue and brown for the most part.
Problem was, it was big. Worse problem was, it had a bum leg.
Well, it started with one bum leg. Every once in so often, Sweetie or one of the kids would bump into it, and the leg would fall out from under, and the consternation was loud in the land as I would run in there to grab it, jam the leg back in, and clean up whatever fell off of it.
Eventually it happened so often that another leg went bad. Then, when it got knocked into, we would sometimes hear the tinkle of glass along with the wailing and yelling. First one small piece broke, and I put a mirror over it, because beveled glass is too expensive to replace. It looked fine, especially with the globe on top, reflecting beautifully.
Then another piece cracked. Later another broke. Finally, yesterday, the longest piece of glass ended up in half, and I called "Uncle!"
Bigger Girl picked up the broken pieces, and I grabbed all the whole plates of glass and set them aside. Then Little Girl and I hauled that recalcitrant piece of furniture to the curb, I threw the broken legs on it, and set the glass out with it.
Good-bye coffee table. You were useful while you lasted, but I am not sorry to see you go.
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