Step 5 - Furniture
One of the interesting things about adopting teenagers is the type of furniture required. I know that there are so many things you need to (and choose to) buy when you are having a baby – a crib, a car seat, a high chair, etc. But the first thing I needed to buy for teenagers was beds. Since many teenagers are taller than me, I opted for full beds. These also need bed frames, sheets and comforters. Then the pillows. It seemed that every time I thought I was done shopping for a piece of furniture, I would realize another thing I needed.
As I looked in the kid’s closet, I realized that I needed to buy hangers. Teenagers already come with clothes. At that age, it is likely that there are things they’ll want to hang up. So off to the store I went.
The last pieces of furniture for the bedroom (for now) are two nightstands. Again, as teenagers they will likely have things they want near them when they sleep. They will also need a place to store personal belongings. So, I purchased nightstands that are versatile. Then it was on to other areas of the house.
Before moving to Florida, I owned a very uncomfortable couch. It could only sit two people because in the middle a bar of wood supported the couch and if you ever had the misfortune of sitting on that bar, you didn’t make the mistake twice. Even the two “cushioned” areas of the couch had springs that were easily felt while sitting. I knew I wanted a new couch, so the old one didn’t make the cut during the move. Last month, as I was shopping for furniture, I realized that I didn’t want just a two-person couch this time. If I am looking to make room for two children and a partner in my life, then I’d like to make room for them on my couch as well. Last month, I found the perfect couch to seat four people. It was delivered last week. Now my living room finally feels like a place to live.
The last piece of furniture I need to make this a home for teenagers is a big kitchen table. My current kitchen table can kind of seat three, but it is really for two people. This weekend, one of my best friends is coming in town and we are going kitchen table shopping. I would like my home to be a place that can entertain, not only my immediate family, but also others!
Throughout all of this furniture shopping, my excitement level has continued to grow. With each piece of furniture purchased, the decision seems more and more real (and exciting!) So many of you reading this journey have expressed how excited you are for me and how exciting the journey itself is, but for one of the first times since I’ve started the journey, I told someone I was adopting and she exclaimed “Congratulations!” I never realized what a difference that one word could make.