Dad had a charming cherry dining room set my Grandparents had given to her, however when they broke up housekeeping and moved into a senior care center, they gave all their children the choice to take what they wanted before everything else got auctioned off, and she chose the cherry dining room set because she remembered how much fun they used to have kneeling with her Dad and coloring there.
When I was talking to a buddy of mine about the dining room set, she took me into her house and showed me the cherry sideboard and children’s cherry table and chairs set she had.
She said she had been trying to find a lovely current home for it, and asked if I would prefer to buy it. She quoted me a price that I couldn’t refuse, but Dad was consistently looking for a children’s dining table and chairs for when the entire family got together on holidays, then the sideboard and dining set matched perfectly with what she got from my Grandparents. My partner and I carefully loaded it into the back of our truck with the help of my buddy and her partner. I called to tell Dad all of us were on our way to her house, and all of us had a present for her. When she saw the cherry dining set and sideboard, she burst into tears. She said her parents had the exact items, and they were sold at an auction. I wondered if that wasn’t how my buddy got the cherry furniture. My Dad was ecstatic with the newly gained addition to her dining room.