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  • Writer's pictureJeff Eaker

A Place to Sit and Think

I needed a place to sit and think.

So, I made a chair.

I could have gone to the store,

I suppose.

But it would have been such a chore.

Driving to the store.

The traffic.

The parking.

I would have needed to have known the store’s hours.

I could have gone all that way only to find it closed.

I would have needed directions.

Or an address.

And who has the money for a chair these days?

Good heavens, the prices.

But still, I needed a place to sit and think.

So, I made a chair.

Which was much easier.

I could have asked a neighbor to lend me a chair.

They’re very nice people.

And they’re certainly not far.

I could have telephoned a friend.

Sometimes people have extra chairs.

Surely, one of my friends would have loaned me a spare.

But then, I’d owe them.

And who knows what that would entail?

It could be anything and I’d be on the hook.

That’s no good.

That could put me in a bind.

It could jeopardize a relationship.

I’ll not have a silly thing like a chair cause such a stir.

That would be foolish.

It was so much easier just to make the chair.

Now, I can sit and think with a clear conscience.

It didn’t need to be a perfect chair.

It didn't need to be fancy.

It only needed to be sturdy.

It’d be hard to sit and think if you were worried about falling.

It needed a seat.

And it needed four legs and a nice broad back.

Some chairs have places to rest your arms.

But my arms weren’t tired.

It was my brain that had grown weary.

All I needed was a place to sit and think.

The chair works very well.

I can tell because my mind is much clearer now.

It was foggy and cloggy and stuffy up there.

But now it isn’t.

Thanks to my chair.

I’m sharp as a tack now.

I’m ready for anything.

Life is a pop quiz, you know.

It’s a surprise.


Sometimes it’s happy and sometimes it’s not.

Sometimes it’s scary.

It’s okay to be scared.


See, it’s fine.

Don’t fret.

You’re not alone.

Everyone gets scared.

Everyone gets confused.

Everyone gets hurt.

Everyone has problems.

Everyone needs time to sit and think.

It’s okay to be human.

It’s okay to be yourself.

That’s the one thing you do better than anyone else.

That’s what I think.

Now that I have a place to do it.

Now that I have a chair.

Thanks for reading. I'll see you again real soon.

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