Mr. Curly has had a best friend for quite a while, Mr. Leather-Man. They were the epitome of friends joined at the hip.
Once, Mr. Leather-Man, showing his age and needing surgery, was able to trade in for an upgrade. It was a tough few weeks without Mr. Leather-Man, but Mr. Curly survived, and Mr. Leather-Man returned feeling better than ever.
Then, the unthinkable happened. Mr. Leather-Man was lost. Somewhere between our new home and our current home, he disappeared. We looked everywhere. We prayed for Mr. Leather-Man's safe return, and yet almost 3 weeks past with no sign of him.
With great sorrow, Mr. Curly turned to Mr. Leather-Man's younger brother. They had never met, but we had heard that Leather-Man the Younger was much like his older brother, though "improved" in a few ways. He is due to arrive in our home sometime this week.
And, as it always happens when you replace something lost, Mr. Leather-Man was found. He had been safe and sound, tucked between the driver's seat and the console of our car. If I hadn't been cleaning out the car and moved the driver's seat all the way up, we wouldn't have seen him.
Mr. Curly is glad to have Mr. Leather-Man back, but it doesn't change the fact the Leather-Man the Younger is due at our home any day now. We're not quite sure how to handle this. How do you tell your best friend that you thought he was lost forever and so replaced him?
Quite possibly, Mr. Leather-Man will spend the rest of his days indoors, helping me with projects now instead of Mr. Curly. We hope he will understand he has not outlived his usefulness, but that his purpose in life is merely changing. We shall see.
Post Title from the theme song of The Courtship of Eddie's Father