“In the winter that seat is close enough to the radiator to remain warm, and yet not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer it’s directly in the path of a cross breeze created by open windows there, and there. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, nor so far wide to create a parallax distortion.” – Sheldon, Big Bang Theory
I think if I were any of the characters on Big Bang Theory, it would probably be Leonard. A total nerd who can almost pass among normal people for a little while (until he tries to talk about the latest sportsball game).
That being said, I completely understand Sheldon in his dedication to having a spot. I have a container by the door for where the keys go. A place on the floor in my bedroom where my backpack goes. And a space on the couch for where I go for naps. My television has been in the same spot since I moved into this apartment a decade ago (which is part of why I was so confused when my boyfriend suggested moving it; where else could it possibly go than that corner?).
When I went to pack up my office this week, I saw another one of my spots in the world. I worked in an open-office with two colleagues nearby and another dozen folks in the general area. So whenever I needed to take a phone call or a few deep breaths, I stepped beyond our office doors to a corner spot. It was quiet and rarely had people around. The window provided views of cars and pedestrians below. Sunshine brought warmth and the thick windowpanes protected from any rain. And the nearby tables were the perfect height for a footstool.
As I placed bags in the elevator, I stopped for a minute, considering “borrowing” that cushion chair for the next few weeks (or until someone sent out a “please return” email). But to take my little corner, I would have also needed the wall, the window, the table, the grass, the sidewalk, and the lamppost.
I didn’t take the chair (promise) and I didn’t sit on it one last time either. It will be someone else’s spot now, and I’ll find another one. #NextNextChapter