Money was tight on a preacher’s salary, but that didn’t deter my great-grandparents from buying a brand new Mission-style bed when they first set up housekeeping in the early 1900s. Over the next half century, their tall oak bed stood witness to the full circle of family life, as children were conceived, babies were born, and last breaths were drawn. But after my great grandmother died in the late 1950s, my great aunt decided that it was finally time to toss the woefully out-of-style bed in the trash.