So Many Chairs, So Little Time (to Sit)

A 'stocking chair' is part of our large collection.

The chairperson is the one who heads the organization or committee, but there's another kind of chair person. I actually counted the chairs under our roof the other day and came up with an inventory of 51. I hasten to say that these are not all functional. Four are in the attic awaiting repair, refinishing or just an abundance of TLC. One is undergoing a facelift in the basement. Half a dozen are folding chairs pressed into service on rare occasions, but all 51 are bona fide chairs--not benches, stools or loveseats. You'd think the residents (two) of the house spend a lot of time sitting! Au contraire! Chairpersons have to busy themselves curating the collection. There are chair rungs to be re-glued, chair seats to be re-caned, upholstery to be cleaned, and, in the case of the lawn chairs, bird droppings to be washed off. Of all our menagerie of chairs the most unique, as well as the butt of ongoing jokes, is the "stocking chair." Many years ago, inspired by a how-to project in a women's magazine, I replaced the torn seat & back of a porch chair with old nylon stockings woven around the metal chair frame. The result certainly merits the derision it has received. It is such an oddity, we consider it a museum piece! Is it comfortable? Hardly, but who has time to sit anyway? Chairpersons are too busy overseeing the collection!

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Emily Cox November 11, 2012 at 02:27 PM
Ah, the infamous stocking chair... not only a butt of ongoing jokes, but a joke to on-going butts, if you ask me! No rebuttal needed.
Shirley Cox November 11, 2012 at 08:09 PM
Comments gladly received -- especially when they are as smooth as butter!
Mary Anne Looby November 11, 2012 at 10:42 PM
I too have 51 not counting two in the basement. None are folding chairs and none at this point are in need of repair. Except when we are eating, or if company comes, my husband and I sit in the same two all of the time! Guess some of us have a real penchant for chairs!!
Martha Cox Popichak February 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM


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