Death of a Chair
There are many things that we use in our everyday lives. They are taken for granted. We use them and toss them aside when we are done with them. Do they have feelings? Do they feel hurt when they are not used properly or when they are talked bad about?
In a little-known buffet restaurant on the outskirts of Bean Bag, Georgia was a couple of chairs known only to themselves as Josh and Irene. No one knew what they were called, they had no reason to. They were just a place to sit down and enjoy a dinner. Often the restaurant was crowded and Josh and Irene felt proud of the job they were doing. Many people treated them well and pushed them back under the table when they were done eating. Once in a while, a child would spill food on them and the waitresses would clean them off and make them look pretty again.
Josh and Irene only had one fear in their lives and that was Sally Tipton. Sally was a rather large woman, to put it mildly. She ate at the restaurant often and Josh and Irene sighed with relief when she sat at another table. They could hear screams in chair language as she sat her four hundred and ninety-two-pound frame down at another table. Sally was too large to sit in one chair so she needed two chairs, something that brought tears to Irene’s eyes as well as the chairs she was sitting in.
Sally loved the buffet restaurant and always made three or four trips through the buffet line. One heaping plate after another she would bring back to her table, often spending well over an hour eating her meal. She started out going to the restaurant once a week and in time it became twice and then finally three times a week. Every chair in the restaurant began talking between each other. They knew that Sally was getting larger and larger. How much she weighed after a year of eating there no one knew. Each time she showed up the chairs got more frightened. They felt that someday there could be a tragic ending that would mean nothing to the restaurant. However, it would mean everything to the chair community. Four hundred chairs knew that sooner or later they would be saddened by what they expected to see.
They all knew that Sally was eating her way to a death sentence. Her weight has ballooned to a staggering five hundred and forty-eight pounds. It was getting very hard for her to walk but she was obsessed with food. She would look at old photos of herself when she was an attractive one hundred and twenty pounds. Where did her life turn around? What had happened to her? She was always so pleasant but has turned into someone that was sad and didn’t want to talk to anyone.
After the restaurant closed for the night, the chairs would often talk about Sally and they were all fearful for their own lives. They often told Josh and Irene that they were scared every time they saw her walk into the restaurant. None of the chairs wanted her to sit on them, but there was nothing they could do. Josh and Irene were watching one day as Sally sat at the table next to them. They heard a loud snap as one of the chair legs gave away. It had split and Sally almost fell to the floor but grabbed ahold of the table and pulled herself up. She screamed at the manager of the restaurant that the chairs were unsafe and she would sue them if she got hurt. The manager tried to remain calm but it was taking everything that he had in him to do so.
Josh and Irene just looked at the broken chair. Their fears had come true. One of the chairs in the restaurant had met a horrible death. Josh and Irene remained in fear that someday it could be one of them.
Copyright Larry W. Fish 2017