Connie MooreEvery home should have a rocking chair. My first piece of furniture purchased with my first real paycheck 45 years ago was a rocking chair. It came from Burns Furniture Store in Crystal Lakes, Ohio.

It was part of my life for 35 years. If it could have spoken, it would have told of days and nights of rocking a baby boy, grandmothers cuddling toddlers while reading stories, visitors who sighed as they sank in its depths of comfort.

In its arms, conversations abounded, tears flowed freely and laughter just as freely, as years wore smooth the rockers and arms. As other pieces of furniture came and went, it was the one firmly established piece of home that endured. It moved from spot to spot as the family grew. It is in many family photos, holding precious lives and memories.

grandmother holiding newborn in the family rocking chair 

Connie's family members start early when it comes to rocking chairs

Today at the large family room windows sits it successor. Large white rocking chairs on the porch keep it company, as does the rocker in the bedroom and one in the office. Really, a home can never have too many rocking chairs.

9/21/2015 3:25:00 PM

Connie - WOW! What a small world! My grandpa ended up building a house in Troy - backyard had a clear view of I-75. I have many fond memories of sitting outside on the bench swing in the evenings with my grandparents watching the traffic. Of course, back then, it only had 2 lanes going each way. By the time my grandparents finally passed, additional lanes had been put in and barrier walls erected. It was very sad. But on a positive note, the farmer working the field that ran parallel to their property was still planting corn. I'm sure he could have made a fortune selling to a developer...but it's all about priorities, you know : )

9/21/2015 10:08:29 AM

Jack, Thanks so much for the kind, encouraging words. I feel very sentimental about my rocking chairs too. When you said Tipp City, is that Tipp City Ohio? Close to where I live, I have a column in the weekly newspaper there, Tippecanoe Gazette. Have a great day. Connie Moore, At Home in Ohio

9/20/2015 10:48:36 PM

Connie - I absolutely loved this! I am fortunate enough to have the rocker that my grandfather was rocked in when he was born. (Tipp City) Then, of course was my mother, then me...and finally my son : )To say that it creaks would be an understatement. I don't use it very often, for fear of damage, but I would not part with that chair, not for any amount of money. Thank you for writing this.

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