When I was a girl, our house had a fairly plain rocking chair in the living room.
As a girl, I never really thought about it.
And then, when I got pregnant with the now teenager, my friend gave me a rocking chair that was the same basic rocking chair.
I was tickled.
My mother-in-law made cushions for it to match the enchanted forest-themed nursery. (The teenager has never painted over the mural.)
Gradually, when breastfeeding and rocking a grumpy baby was no longer a thing, the rocking chair went down stairs.
The cats like it.
And as the house seems to get smaller, now the chair is on the enclosed sun porch.
Do you know how hairy this chair gets with four cats?
I finally realized today that I could remove the cushions, not just vacuum them. After all, my mother-in-law made the cushions so we could be comfortable with the baby.
The baby just turned 16.
I removed the cushions. I’ll wash the covers and maybe I’ll put them back, maybe I won’t.
How many of us cling to habits or things because we just haven’t realized that we don’t need them or that they don’t serve a purpose?
The rocking chair looks good bare. More appropriate for the porch.
Sometimes we need to stop for a minute and learn to recognize when we are functioning on auto-pilot and not in response to our current environment or situation.