It Happened One Night

No, I’m not talking about the Clark Gable movie.  I’m talking about something that happened last night.  Nothing perverted, but something dirty.  First, let’s see if you can figure it out.  What’s wrong with this picture?

Nope, not the balloon under the chair.  Or the strange coloring from the morning sun.  Let me rephrase the question.  What’s missing from that picture?  Maybe this month old photo will help you.

Have you figured it out yet?  If you haven’t, your time is up.  I’m telling you.  Look at the table by the couch.  See a lamp there?  Yeah, me neither.  Turns out one cute little boy + an inflatable ball (that should have been outside) + ceramic lamp = shattered pieces.  Right after that I thought of Bobby Brady and the infamous broken vase.  “Mom always said, don’t play ball in the house.”

This isn’t the first time one of those lamps has broken.

Unfortunately, this was the good lamp, and it didn’t fare as well as it’s counterpart.  Because I was mad/cooking dinner, I didn’t take a picture of the pieces scattered over our floor.  Ben cleaned up the mess, but before he did, he asked, “Do you want to save the pieces to put it back together?”  I thought he was joking, he was serious.  Apparently I’m crazy enough prone to gluing things back together.  Before he threw the pieces in the trash, he took the shade and finial off.  He knows me so well.

With two broken lamps, I’ll be lamp hunting later today.  Fingers crossed Ross, TJ Maxx, or a thrift store has something good.  If you’re wondering, I have plans to put the less broken lamp in the basement bedroom.  I like the shape too much to part with it just yet.  Plus, it’s nearly identical to this $129 beauty.

What are your favorite lamps?  Have your kids broken something recently?  Tried gluing it back together?

P.S.  I still haven’t fixed the first broken lamp.  I just cheated the back to the wall and no one knows, except you now.

8 thoughts on “It Happened One Night

  1. Sad! I have two little boys also and have lamented more than once that I never get to have nice things. I am, however, in the market for several lamps…headed to Portland this weekend so I’ll be hitting up Home Goods and hoping for a find! First, looking at the thrift stores for a mid-century find 🙂

  2. Oh yeah. I can so relate. My son knocked over a beautiful $250 lamp that I had saved and saved for–special order handpainted Victorian lamp. (It was the 90’s) I was so mad! I turned the broken part to the wall too. Last summer I sold it in a yard sale for $10, I think. 🙂
    Hope you find just what you are looking for!

  3. Ugh… doesn’t it just make your heart sink to see something like that break?? I was taking some things off of the wall in our master in preparation for some changes…and the peice slipped and hit a clear glass candle holder I had on the dresser… 😦 I glued the chipped peice on, and it will be ok to leave out still. It just stinks cause I loved it!

  4. Ha, how funny–I just woke up this morning to the sound of shattering ceramic! My cat was feeling playful and decided to knock over one of my favorite turquoise vases from Crate & Barrel…of course it’s a few years old so I can’t easily replace it, and now the bookshelf it was on looks off balance spatially and color-wise. I need a new pop of blue! Guess I’ll be scouring Ross, TJ Maxx, and the thrift stores, too! Isn’t always a bummer when stuff like this happens? I mean, obviously life could be much worse–it’s not a huge tragedy–but it seems like it’s always the prettiest things that break!

  5. I always hate when stuff like this happens! Especially when I get attached to something and it breaks. I remember in college I broke this Tinkerbell lamp that I’ve had since I was little. Turns out it’s a collector’s item now and runs about $200+ on ebay.

  6. I’ll be honest, the only thing I noticed that was different was the garland strung across the window! What a pretty lamp that was :/

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