We have a very cozy oversized dark green recliner in our living room. It is everybody's favorite. My husband complains that he always falls asleep reading there. It is where I go early in the morning to have mocha and read and it is where I fall into at the end of the day to read and reflect. Both of our girls have been found curled up and sound asleep in its comforting arms. It is where we have each headed at different times when illnesses or aches and pains have kept us from sleeping in our bed.
I am thinking about chairs today because today marks the 16th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. I was there this past weekend and visited the memorial. There are 168 chairs – one for each victim. There are two sizes – large chairs for each adult that died that day and smaller ones to represent each child who died that day. We were told they decided on the chair as a symbol because it is a universal icon, present in every home, that represents the daily reminder of both their presence and their absence at the table. I was so impressed at all the thought that went into every element of the memorial. As we walked away we talked about how we honor the victims by remembering.
Do you have a favorite chair? Do you have a family member that you always associate with a particular chair? Does a certain chair always get saved for a certain person? Do you have a chair that is more comfortable than others (like our green chair) that you offer first to company? Do you have any extra chairs? Are you prepared for friends to stop by or additional family and friends to linger?
As we make our way through sometimes busy and hectic lives, I encourage you to pull up a chair and remember. Sit and laugh together, eat together, sit and honor one another with shared hearts in conversation. Today's annivesary reminds us to take nothing for granted, to live fully each day and to love others to the best of our ability.
Pulling Up My Chair With You,