And it’s not from UPS. Nor is it from Federal Express. Not from the USPS, either.
This special delivery came by U-Haul trailer, pulled by LilSis and RenRed about 350 miles, one way.
Why is there a forklift pulling up to that U-Haul trailer? Good question.
The contents must be very heavy.
That, and the fact that the Miracle Bayou Tree House is about 12 feet off the ground, with no elevator.
Our parents passed away in the nineties. First Mom, then Dad. At the time, we shared the furniture as best we could. Now, fourteen years after Dad’s departure from this earth, LilSis decided she wanted to part with one of our mom’s prize possessions.
It’s a gift that Daddy surprised Momma with on Christmas morning, 1982, when Dotter was just a baby. The men of the family somehow sneaked this huge gift into the family room after Momma went to bed Christmas Eve. Then they covered it with a blanket.
Talk about a surprised look on Momma’s face when she walked into the den Christmas morning! And she truly was surprised. This is what it was . . . .
It’s that piece of furniture inside the trailer, behind The Captain. My older children, especially Dotter, have many fond memories of sitting at that piece of furniture beside PaPa (my dad) and listening to him sing his heart out, and joining in when they were old enough to read the words.
This piece of furniture is, of course, a piano, but not just any piano. It’s a player piano, and once LilSis asked me if I would like to have it, I knew I had to find a way to get it up into the new house and that it would be the best way possible to bring both Momma and Daddy’s memories into the new house with us.
So, I rented a big fork lift. We added a thick piece of plywood to make a platform, and then we strapped it tightly to the forklift. RenRed practiced running the lift the evening before and tried to anticipate every difficulty we might run into.
The Captain tickled the ivories with “Blueberry Hill” while RenRed backed the forklift into position. We stuck The Captain on the platform to make sure the piano stayed put. Although we knew he could not stop it from rolling off if it decided to do so, we felt better having him there.
It is the first piece of furniture in the new living room of the Miracle Bayou Tree house, and I think it’s appropriate that the continuity this piano brings to our family is significant in settling in here.
We put on a musical roll, opened all the doors and windows, and let her rip.