The Sofa Drove Home

How do we explain the inexplicable?

Sometimes my honey and I think the same thoughts.

It’s not creepy: in fact, it’s reassuring to share something substantive that dips below the surface.

My Apache pal says there are no coincidences.

And when daughter Wee-Hey told me that the sofa drove home, it gave me pause.

Wee-Hey and Joel moved into new digs last week and needed a sofa. So they scoured the second-hand shops and found a sectional in shades of gold for their living room.

The store owner offered to deliver the couch. Wee-Hey gave the address and directions.

Wait a minute, the store owner said. Is this house a duplex? Do you have an alley in back?

After Wee-Hey answered a storm of questions, the puzzled store owner told her that the sofa was retrieved from the same house weeks ago, steam-cleaned and polished, and placed on the showroom floor.

The same sofa purchased by Wee-Hey and Joel.

And it returned home.


About Cynthia Coleman Emery

Professor and researcher at Portland State University who studies science communication, particularly issues that impact American Indians. Dr. Coleman is an enrolled citizen of the Osage Nation.
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