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10/3/2021 12:11:00 AM
Guest Column
Grandmother's Chairs

Judge Rembert
Guest Columnist


One hundred years ago in South Carolina...
Life was so different...
Her Grandmother bought two metal chairs...
These chairs were porch and yard chairs...
There were always painted bright white...
From the time she could remember...
They were part of her life...

When she was a little girl she helped...
Helped her Grandfather paint these chairs...
Her Grandmother's Sisters always sat in them...
She would hear them laughing...
She would hear their family stories...
The gatherings were important to the little girl...

But time changes lives...
Grandparents die and the chairs moved...
Now they were at her Mother's...
Still white and still loved...
The chairs lived on a porch now...
They were sandblasted and repainted...
This kept them like new...

She was grown now...
The chairs were where they gathered...
More laughter and more stories...
Her children loved the chairs...
Many cups of coffee were shared sitting...
Sitting in these chairs...

But times changed again...
Her Mother and her Stepfather died...
Now the chairs came to her...
They were not bright white then...
They needed to be sandblasted again...
They needed fresh paint...
She painted them but “No”...
They needed sandblasting...

She found a man...
She called the man...
He arrived in a big white work truck...
He was a big happy fellow...
She knew she had found a special fellow...

This man was special at any time...
But really rare in 2021...
Honest, friendly and caring...

He spoke of his wife and you knew...
You knew he adored her...
That was so refreshing to her ears...
His wife owns “The Hair Cottage”...

Well the chairs left her porch...
They returned beautiful...
Bright white again...
Ready for more laughter and gatherings...

She needed a hair cut...
She went to “The Hair Cottage”...
Well the owner was charming, warm and beautiful..
Got the best hair cut in her life...
Understood why the man loved her so much...

Driving home she thought...
The white chairs have brought so much...
Much into her life for 80 years...
Laughter, love, family memories...
They are still bringing joy into her life...
Still bringing wonderful people into her life...

She drove home happy...
She drove home smiling...
Fixed a cup of coffee...
Sat on the porch in a white chair...
Thanked God for Grandmother's chairs...



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