As a kid my family and most relatives had plastic covers on the living room chairs and couches. I used to ask as a kid, “would it ever come off?” The answer was usually yes, but the covers always remained. And sleeping on a plastic slipcovered couch during a hot New York summer night, a sticky uncomfortable nightmare! I think it may have started during times when most poor folks payed for big ticket items like the living room suite on lengthy no money down installment plans.

Last night I visited a Caribbean family in Brooklyn and I looked and wondered, how long the plastics been on and how long will it stay? Forever.