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A Cowboy’s Faith: That’s their personal chair

A Cowboy's Faith: Click to read more from Frank J. Buchman.“A person’s favorite chair sometimes seems the most important thing there is.”

Of course, that’s not completely true, but certainly many people become attached to their personal chair.

Often when a person is moving out of their home, the only thing they care about keeping is “my chair.” Wherever new residence is taken, the chair provides consolation and peacefulness of that at home feeling.

Whichever family member’s chair it is soon becomes common knowledge of the home that nobody else sits in it.

When a guest comes into a home, extreme caution is taken that they aren’t seated in a specific person’s chair. It becomes an awkward situation asking them to get out of somebody else’s personal chair.

Even more unsettling is when a person comes into the room, and somebody has taken their chair. Several times the offender has been told “That’s my chair,” and they grudgingly move to another chair.

Favorite chairs don’t come in specific description because everybody has their personal preference. But once it’s a person’s chair nobody else can have it or even use it, especially if the chair owner is in the room. If somebody uses a person’s chair when they aren’t around, the owner knows it when they sit in their chair.

Plush rocking chair recliners with variations of fabric, leather, or color are common favorites for many nowadays. Soft fabric rocking chairs used to often be people’s favorites. However, wooden rocking chairs, sometimes with a cushion more often without, became favorites, too. Straight backed wooden chairs were common decades ago and became comfortable regular places for seating.

Once a chair becomes a person’s favorite, it’s irreplaceable to them. With every day regular use, chairs wear out, rockers won’t work, springs are broken, fabric is full of holes. But the owner never has any desire and will not readily get a new or different chair.

While it was very heavily worn, Dad’s favorite chair was passed down to his son and became the favorite, too. Used daily for another two decades, finally the chair became completely unusable. A sad occasion finally giving in to send that chair to the dump.

A nice leather rocking chair recliner became the replacement and is now the favorite chair.

Reminded of Mark 12:39: “They love their chairs as a place of distinction.”

Frank J. Buchman is a lifelong rancher from Alta Vista, a lifetime newspaper writer, syndicated national ag writer and a marketing consultant. He writes a weekly column to share A Cowboy’s Faith.

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