I think I’ll post a favorite thing (or two) of mine every Friday. It’ll be something that I really love.
This week’s Friday favorite will be my rocking chair. I know it’s not much to look at but I love the story of how it came to be mine and it is SO comfy.
When I was pregnant with my first baby, Bill and I bought a cheapo glider rocker from Montgomery Wards. It was okay to use, but because I’m short, my feet didn’t touch the ground very well while rocking. The chair also developed a terrible clickety-clack noise that could not be fixed. I continued using it through baby #2, and even lent it to a few friends for several years. Then I was pregnant with baby #3.
This baby, who would become Jon, was due in February. So at Christmas time Bill and the kids surprised me with a new La-Z-Boy chair from the “house of chairs.” That’s the name Madeline and Jack used for the La-Z-Boy store. As in, “Ohhh, house of chairs. Can we go?!” Unbeknownst to be, they had gone chair shopping and asked for “the most comfortable chair for a rocking/nursing mom.” This is what they got. I know it’s not much to look at (Years later Bill’s grandma bought the EXACT same chair!) but you’ve just got to sit in it! So comfy, the arms are at a nice level, the rocking motion is so smooth, and my feet can sit flat on the ground. I spent much time in this chair, rocking my pregnant self, and then rocking a baby Jon. Bill has been known to utilize the recliner aspect of this chair, and take a nap in it! Chair thief.
I have a sweet, little side table (a gift from my in-laws, picked up at an antique store in Warrenton, NC) on which to set a drink or a book (or a KINDLE!) that I keep next to the chair, loaded with books and magazines. Might be a Sesame Street book or two as well. On the table sits my favorite lamp. It is a double-shaded “Gone With the Wind” style lamp that was my Grandmas. I remember it in the “Pink Room” where I would sleep while visiting her.
So here’s my favorite corner in my house. I’ve rocked around the world, probably 3 times at least, in this chair.