A Sink By the Side of the Road in Paris

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This sink started out on the side of the road in Paris many years ago and wa sluky enough to get scooped up by Susan Dromey Heeter. What a life!


Years ago I was driving in Paris….wait, what a fun sentence to write, let me say that again, “Years ago I was driving in Paris.”

Anyway, I was driving in Paris to meet up with a friend and along the way, I saw an old sink on the side of the road.  And, much like I still do here with anything I spot curbside here in New Hampshire, I stopped and threw it into the backseat of my Honda Accord.

That sink traveled back with me to Holland where I adorned it with a potted plant.  When it was time to move to Alaska, that sink came, too.  In Alaska, it sat outside and, of course, was filled with snow and ice most of the time but still reminded me of my young, single self driving in Paris.

Today, that sink sits in my backyard and is filled with impatiens so glorious, they spill over.  I’ve found the perfect spot, one where I can gaze on this once castaway sink and smile, muse joyfully on the memories of carrying this sink from the City of Lights to the Last Frontier to the Granite State.  

I spray painted this Parisien sink a beautiful cornflower blue, the words, “Le Progres” still visible.

Le Progres translates to “The Progress.”  And today, I muse joyfully, that that little Parisien sink has progressed from a castoff to a beautiful container of hope, of colors, of impatiens.

I muse joyfully that whatever you may find on the side of the road brings you as much pleasure as my évier parisien.

Susan Dromey Heeter is a writer from Dover who recently let her hair go au natural white. Writing has been her passion since her English majoring days at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.  Dromey Heeter has lived in The Netherlands, Alaska and currently basks in all things New England, including the frigid winters. An avid swimmer, Dromey Heeter’s great passion is to bring back body surfing as most children have no idea how to ride waves without ridiculous boogie boards.

The opinions expressed are those of the writer. InDepthNH.org takes no position on politics, but welcomes diverse opinions. email nancywestnews@gmail.com

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