November, 2003 Contest: Describe the "best" chair in your home and what makes it special

Congratulations to our contest winner!
Kim Glaser of Pittsburgh, PA

The “best” and most special chair in my home has been relegated to storage in the attic…for now. It’s a Fisher Price high chair that faithfully and securely held each of my 4 sons while impressively withstanding the endless abuses of everyday baby/toddler life; creatively consumed spaghetti messes, tomato soup used mostly as a fashion statement, skillfully dismantled first birthday cakes, and more Cheerios and juice drinks than you can count in a lifetime! When my fourth and final child graduated to the “big boy” chair and it was finally time to retire the high chair for good, I marveled at the “hard-knocks” this unassuming piece of hardware had taken. Even more amazing was the fact that it still looked relatively good – no tears or rips in the seat, no permanent tray stains, and no wobbly legs. Some definite signs of wear to be sure, but still undeniably strong. My husband urged me to get rid of it, but I could not. It represented so much that was good in my life. Our sons are now 18, 17, 13 and 9 – the oldest in college, the youngest grasping for his independence. Raising a family has been harder than I ever imagined it could possibly be. Life’s curve balls are not unlike picture perfect birthday cake smeared all over the high chair tray….maybe not how you imagined, or even preferred it – but so sweet nonetheless. I eagerly anticipate the day when I can pull that chair out of my attic, dust it off and once again marvel at a new generation of blessed messy-ness!