A long, long time ago, when Tav and Kiro were but wee kits at university, living in a faraway place called Kingston, they took a road trip to the nation's capital to go to this magical place called IKEA.
And at this IKEA, they fell in love with a couch, and the couch's name was Varnamo.
In those days, Varnamo came in a choice of colours, including a rich dark brown with cream piping. Someday, the fox and cat said, someday, this couch will be ours!
Years passed, and the fox and the cat did not have the money or the space (but mostly the money) for their beloved couch, but they would drive up to IKEA and sit upon it and imagine it in their own space.
Then, just when the cat finally got a job with a salary
in Toronto, so they could afford the couch, then! Tragedy struck! Varnamo was discontinued! Woe and woe and alas! The fox and the cat were very sad, for that which IKEA replaced it with (the Ektorp) was never comfortable, and was too big for a small fox and a small cat (and a chow chow and a Rufi).
They settled on a substitute by necessity, but it was a small loveseat, called Klippan. Klippan managed to move with them to four apartments in Toronto, but! and But! Varnamo came back! Now in all brown, and still as comfortable as the first time they had sat upon it. It returned only to the store, never to the catalogue or website, as if IKEA had brought it back only for those who had waited and longed for it.
Aha! they said. ... If only it would fit. Conundrums of Richard's Couch1
And so they plotted and waited and decided, 'lo! when we move unto a new space (for the fifth time), we shall acquire Varnamo, and it shall be good.
Much furniture was sold (but not yet the Klippan). A move happened. Much furniture was purchased. And finally, finally! on a day with free delivery, Varnamo came home.
And it was good. ^_^
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