Dear Couch,

I’m glad you’re sitting down… or lying down…I have something to tell you… 

I just wanted to say how great you are. So gentle and yet firm. You really get me. And the way you hold me… your arms are snug but not confining… your selfless, too. You allow everyone to just be who they are.

So, what I’m about to say is because of me not you, OK?

Oh… your pillows look so sad. Don’t be sad.

Look, we’ve had great times these past few days…

… weeks…ok, MONTHS. We’ve really gotten to know each other. I never realized how much your cushions could hold! Sooooo much! That’s really a talent. And you are so stain resistant, you just let things roll off you… I wish I was more like that. I admire you…I really do.

And I’ve learned from you. I’ve learned that I’m OK through this and that I have a safe place. You helped me face the fear of these times.

Yes, I’m smiling because I’m thinking about all the times we’ve shared – you, me and our friends – Netflix, Amazon and Hulu. Just hanging out and laughing and crying. Boy, those guys just yammer away – blah, blah, blah – but not you… you are so stoic, a couch of few words, but I can always count on you to be there.

And I know I said we’d be together till my job started again… I really was planning on that… and I think I’ve kept to my promise except for the few showers I have taken (they were exhausting) and those meals I ate in the recliner. I’m sorry to bring that up again. I know we’ve discussed it. I just hope you believe no one could replace you.

But, I just can’t do this anymore… and I’m sorry…

I was never meant to be a one couch person… I never even thought I was this much of a furniture person or a home person.

OK. I’m just going to say it. I ordered a new desk chair. I’m sorry, but I’m going to move to the office area in the other room.

Oh boy, that was hard to say to you. I don’t want to hurt you, but I think if I see you, I’ll just want to jump on you… so, for a while, I’m going to spend my days away from this room… and yes… ON the new chair.

I want to see if I can do something to help people from home, or learn more, or create more. I want to actively participate in something, I want to be engaged. I am inspired by so many people who are helping… and I know I saw them while I was with you, but they touched  me and…

I want to DO… I think I’m done watching.

And since my work hasn’t begun yet you’ll see me around and I hope it won’t be awkward. I hope we can still be friends… You’re great. You really are.

Love always and thank you,



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Alison Martin -- wife, mom, Emmy-award winning actress, writer, chocoholic. Bronx Italian, daughter of Pultizer Prize winning reporters, who also identifies as L.A. Irish. Shout outs: Dan, Em, Brady, pooches - LuLu & Ted, friends, Mother Earth, serendipity, peace, VIPHS, living life like your socks feel real good.

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