Today we continue our search for the perfect rug. The store on the agenda for today is Carpet One By Henry. We pull out of the driveway and I announce, “O Henry, here we come.”

“It’s not O Henry, just Henry,” corrects my husband.

“You’re right; although O Henry was a great writer – born William Sydney Porter, right here inNorth Carolina. The first story I read by him was the ‘Gift of the Magi.’ It was a true love story. Would you ever sell, say, your bowling ball to buy me a comb for my hair?”

“Why would I buy a comb for you’re your hair, your hair’s to short to put anything in it.”

“That’s not the point. The point is if you loved me enough, you’d give up something you loved to buy something for me.”

“No, that’s not the point. The point is it would be foolish for me to but you a comb you couldn’t use. Why waste good money? But, who knows, maybe, Henry, the carpet guy, will sell his ball and buy you a comb.”

“I wonder if they’re related, if O Henry dropped the O in his name and now his great grandson is carrying on the business.”

You think O Henry had a rug business on the side?”

“It’s possible.”

“So, he was a writer/rug salesman? That’s sweet. If that’s the case then it’s also possible I’m gonna sell my bowling ball to buy you a comb you won’t ever use.”

“Oh, shut up.”

We arrive at the store and are greeted at the door by Harry. Harry? Henry? Oh well.

We begin scanning the hundreds of carpets.

As Harry walks with us through the showroom I find out two things: Harry’s not related to O Henry and, he would not sell his bowling ball to buy his wife a comb, because he doesn’t have a ball or a wife. Even though I’m disappointed my whole O Henry theory didn’t pan out, I’m excited because I found the perfect rug. It will provide comfort and warmth to my feet and if I let my imagination run wild, inspiration for my writing.

The point was we found the perfect rug.


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