I was born on March 24, 1953! I remember vividly the carpenter selecting the best wood to make me. I am made of teakwood and the carpenter was making it for a merchant. He cut the log of wood according to the merchant’s specifications. Using his tools, he carved the edges of the top and the legs. The top was to be made of glass.
Once I was ready, the merchant came to see me. He liked me. Then the carpenter applied sandpaper on me to smoothen me. Thereafter he applied a coat of dark brown polish. When it dried off, he applied another coat of polish. Now I got a dark brown in colour. When the polish dried off the carpenter applied a coat of varnish. Now I got a shine.
Whoever saw me, appreciated me. The carpenter, then got a fine quality glass to fix over me. Finally, I was put on a tempo and taken to the merchant’s home. The merchant’s wife was happy to see me. I was placed in the living room and used as a center table. The merchant’s wife placed
a piece of crochet in the center and put an idol of Buddha on it. I was now the apple of everyone’s eye. I was dusted every morning and evening. When the guests arrived, the merchant’s wife put tea and refreshments over me. Sometimes, people left behind tea stains and biscuit crumbs over me. The merchant’s wife was very particular that I will be cleaned twice every day.
Soon the merchant’s children grew up. They would come from school and place their heavy school bags over me. I always wondered, how they were able to carry such heavy bags.
In one instance, they broke my glass top! A what a good scolding they got from their mother. I got another top, but from that day on, the children never kept their bags on me.
Now I am old, the children have grown up into their youth and married. Whenever their children keep their bags on me, they remember their mother’s scolding. So they advise their children to use me with care. I am still looked after you well. I am happy and proud that I came to the merchant’s family.
Points to remember:
- I am made of teakwood and the carpenter was making it for a merchant.
- Using his tools, the carpenter carved the edges of the top and the legs. The top was to be made of glass.
- Then the carpenter applied sandpaper on me to smoothen me.
- Then he applied a coat of dark brown polish.
- When the polish dried off the carpenter applied a coat of varnish.
- Finally, I was taken to the merchant’s home. I was now the varnish.
apple of everyone’s eye.