Home Sweet Home
Getting Away

My Nail Polish Chair

It was a Sunday night ritual.  Peter, the kids and I would gather in our family room to watch TV or just “chill out” before the start of a new week.  And I would polish my fingernails a fire-engine red that matched my lipstick. 

I always sat in the big brown swivel lounge chair. I think the fabric was velour, but it is so worn now that I can’t be sure.

When we sold the house the kids grew up in, the chair was relegated to the guest room of our current home.  It’s used mostly to hold just ironed-but-not-hung-up-yet clothing.

The other night I offered it to my half-niece and her husband who have moved here for a year while their grown son is treated for cancer at a Boston hospital.  They are equipping the temporary home they have rented to be near him with second-hand furniture, and I thought they could use it. They agreed gratefully, and soon our 40-year-old chair will move to a new home. 

I feel a bit sad about saying good-bye to my nail-polish chair.

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