I have a friend named Rob. I don’t see him very often, but when I do it is always a real pleasure.
He is a very upbeat person with a seemingly insatiable curiosity for delight in many of its guises – flavorful cheeses, distinctive food preparations, beverages of all sorts to accompany food, or to drink alone; especially wine. And it doesn’t stop there – he has accumulated many treasures over an extended period of time: paintings, drawings, prints, maps, photographs, furniture, books, objects – and the list goes on.
Rob and his remarkable wife Shelley have had a rich life raising their four daughters in a grand-scaled Queen Anne home (including a carriage house) in an early Boston suburb, while leading rich professional careers.
While the children (and now grandchildren) live on their own, Rob and Shelley’s ‘nest’ is hardly empty.
Rob has an intellectual, historical or aesthetic connection – and is passionate about – nearly every ‘thing’ in his home. He is a cultural adventurer; some time ago we enjoyed an afternoon looking at antique furniture, paintings and decorative arts in a museum, followed by an exhibition of adventuresome new art, we had a lovely meal with a great accompanying beverage, and went to a enormous outlet bookstore.
And what’s particularly refreshing about Rob is that unlike so many men, he speaks of his professional life only when prodded – there is too much still to see, do, experience, taste, share, etc. to converse about work!
Now you’re wondering what Rob has to do with Pinterest?