Almost a year ago, we rearranged the living room to make it more open and accessible for Namine. In the time since, we found that the way we had arranged it caused some… well, I don’t want to say problems, but we felt it could be improved.
Placing the piano perpendicular to the wall sort of divided the living room in half. That in itself wasn’t a super big deal, but it blocked sunlight to where our recliners sat. And because my computer was up against the window, we couldn’t open the blinds all the way on sunny days — I wouldn’t be able to work because of the glare. With both me and Namine working remotely, we needed a change.
With the way we’ve arranged the living room now, there’s more room for Namine to get through in her wheelchair. Our two desks are side by side, and the piano is up against the wall. The way it used to be, I couldn’t be sitting at my desk if Jessica or Namine wanted to play the piano — there wasn’t enough room. Now, there’s plenty of room.
Funny story about the piano, actually. Normally, the piano bench sits right in front of the piano, and we figured we’d move it when Namine practices. It’s full of piano books, so it’s kind of heavy. You’d think she would ask one of us to move it for her, right?
Jessica and I were in the kitchen making dinner when we heard the (absolutely wonderful) sound of Namine playing the piano. We looked at each other for a moment, both thinking the same thing: Did you move the piano bench? Because I didn’t.
We went into the living room and asked her about it. She said matter-of-factly, “You were both busy, so I picked it up and moved it myself.” She picked up an end of the bench with one hand and wheeled with the other, pulling it out of the way.