There is a faded blue sofa in our family room at the beach that I cannot part with. It started out a saturated calming blue color, but has turned into a pastel shade of blue. It has seen many sunny days during its life as my favorite sofa. Wet bathing suits on this sofa do not bother me anymore, we are just adding more character. We have had this once bright, now faded, blue sofa since we moved to the beach 15 years ago and when I look at it, I do not see the little rip here or spot there, I see my young children resting there after a long beach day with those tired eyes and exhausted bodies, just waiting for bedtime. It has seen their many friends over the years after a day on the water exploring the bay, same exhausted bodies, but now ready to nap to gain stamina for their evening adventure.
We will probably have to replace this faded blue sofa someday, but then we will need to find a new spot for our Golden Retrievers!