For a couple of weeks, Elena Pendino told her daughter the dresser wasn’t going.
But, Cassie had other plans.
So, Elena did what any modern mom would do. She made a deal.
If Cassie could get the 100-pound dresser to their newly purchased home in Moorestown, Elena would pay the movers to hoist it up the staircase into Cassie’s new bedroom.
“I didn’t think she’d actually get it there,” said Elena.
The Pendinos recently sold their home, , on Riverton Road in Cinnaminson.
Needing to downsize, Elena said she wanted to discard the piece, which wouldn’t fit in the new house.
“It’s falling apart,” Elena said. “It was left behind 17 years ago when I moved into the house. I couldn’t even give it away when I had my estate sale.”
Cassie said she always liked the eight-drawer chest, doesn’t think anything is wrong with it and wants to put it in her new bedroom.
“I refinished it a little, and it looks better,” Cassie said tenderly, pointing to the walnut dresser, which is still missing a knob and two ring pulls.
And so, last Sunday, Cassie did what any steely headed 14-year-old girl would do. She recruited the support of friends—Gigi Cherubini, 14, Corrinne DeBellis 13, and Emily Pazienza, 14—to help do the deed.
Cassie and her trio of similarly indomitable teens lifted the vintage dresser onto a Speedway Express wagon for a bumpy four-mile ride to new quarters.
They pulled it atop the sidewalks of Cinnaminson, over the rutted roadway beyond Meadowview Estates, across the rough railroad tracks near 7-Eleven, and past the countrified grounds of Moorestown Friends School.
During their journey, the girls snacked on SunChips, Doritos Cool Ranch chips, Gatorade, and listened to Bruno Mars on an iPod with portable speakers.
“My mom was dropping me off,” said Debellis. “And, they (the girls) told me to get ready to push.”
Pazienza chimed in, “Cassie told me I had to help her get this chest to her new house.”
“I just did what she wanted me to do,” said Cherubini.
The girls left the Pendino’s Cinnaminson home a little after noon and arrived just before 2 at the Pendino’s new residence on Main Street near Zelley Avenue.
“I can’t believe they got it here,” laughed Elena. “Just what I need—rmore furniture.”