When I was a young kid, mom had our curtains in the living room replaced. I don’t remember the old curtains, only that they were regular curtains. When Mom told me she was going to have the curtains replaced, she was not specific, she used the term “curtains” to mean “window coverings”. At that age, I didn’t understand that there are window coverings other than curtains.
When you’re a kid, the smallest things are exciting, so I remember well the day the people arrived to install mom’s new curtains. It was a husband and wife team who made and installed them. (I also remember that their daughter had “helped” with the prep and she did it wrong, so they had to undo all of her work at our house and redo it.)
It turned out that the curtains I was expecting were actually vertical blinds. This was in the late seventies/early eighties, and I had never seen vertical blinds before. And I couldn’t fathom how these two people were going to turn these strips of fabric into curtains. I watched intently noting the steps and how they did it. I was that weird silent kid in the corner staring.
It’s the first time that I remember considering how something is manufactured. And it was interesting. Good thing it still is.
3 days in.
October 12th, 2012 Extra-Ordinary: Vertical Blinds do not magically fuse into curtains. It is very disappointing.