The Cross House
Kyle is a gastroenterologist with a hematology subspecialty. Hasan is a computer scientist. Golly.
While Kyle is the Cross House fan, and has read all the blog posts, Innes and Hasan also seemed to enjoy the tour.
I noted that Kyle took a particular interest in the stained glass, and it was revealed that, in addition to her other abilities (I don’t even know what hematology is), she creates stained-glass windows as a hobby!
As the tour was concluding, Kyle also took an interest in…
The upholstery is just awful and certainly not period-correct.
So, I watched, curious, as Kyle seemed drawn to the piece. She bent down, looked closely, and even turned the settee upside-down. What was she doing?
“Would you like this properly reupholstered?” she finally asked.
“Well, I really enjoy reupholstering fine old furniture, and I’d be happy to do this piece.”
“Ahhh, wow. So you are a gastroenterologist with a hematology subspecialty, AND you make stained-glass windows, AND you do upholstery?”
I turned to Innes. “Do you know your mother is Super Women?”
Innes smiled. “Oh, yes.”
I turned to Hasan. “Would you mind terribly if I proposed to your wife?”
They all laughed.
Then I told Kyle that while I would love to get the piece made right, I couldn’t afford such an expense right now with so many other pressing financial projects on the table.
“Oh, I will do the work for free. It will be my gift to the Cross House. And I’ll come pick up the settee and return it.”
“But you live six hours away!”
“That’s OK. We enjoy road trips.”
Now, anybody who knows me will not believe the following: I was speechless.
Kyle continued: “I will only ask that you purchase the fabric.”
My eyes were wide in wonder.
We concluded this astonishing conversation with my saying: “If you come back for the settee, bring some other people with you. Everyone will get a grand tour…at no charge!”
Kyle smiled. “I think we will do just that!”