Rocking Chair / April 27, 2018 / Emma Maxwell
Those who already own a rocker or two don't need to be told of the wonders of this humble type of furniture, but for those of us who have yet to make a rocker a part of our lives, we might benefit from a little information regarding rockers. The first thing to know is that there are rockers to suit all people, even those who find rockers a little hazardous due to the potential for crushed toes (these people will want to go with a glider rocking chair). Wooden rocking chairs are the most popular rockers by far, but there are also wicker rocking chairs as well as plastic rocking chairs. Most people will prefer natural materials, but artificial ones like resin wicker and plastic can make good outdoor rocking chairs that are better able to cope with direct sunlight, rain, etc. When buying a rocker, make sure to get a good feeling for the chair by sitting in it and just rocking for a while.
My first memory of rocking chairs is when I used to travel down to my Grandparents house for a visit. We would sit in the living room, rock back and forth and catch up on what had been happening in our lives since that last time were together. It was a relaxing, special time that I will always remember. We weren't worried about schedules, places to be, or what chores needed to be done. We just took a few minutes to step away from the stress of everything and enjoy our time together. Grandma had her rocking chair, and Grandpa has his. They also had one for the grandkids and my brothers and I always fought over who got to sit in it. It was your classic style chair for rocking just like the adult ones, only smaller. We felt just like grown-ups, rocking right along with them. The rocking motion was rhythmic and soothing, seeming to have a calming effect on any child who sat in it.
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