The older I get, the more I think that no one write about food or relationships better than Laurie. (Sorry, Mary Frances. I still love your food writing but you had a lot of baggage.) I picked up A Big Storm Knocked it Over again over the weekend and found this:

She and Teddy had simply merged their possessions and were now thinking about buying a sideboard. Jane Louise had never bought a piece of furniture with another person in her life. It seemed to her an act of almost exotic intimacy. After all, anyone can sleep with anyone, but few people not closely connected purchase furniture in common.