I suppose the vast majority of us never stop and give a thought to the simple rocking chair. For many of us, we were rocked as babies by our mothers in a rocking chair. Of course, we do not remember those times but without a doubt, those times of bonding somehow were embedded into our being.
By reading information on the web, I learned Benjamin Franklin is credited for making the first rocking chair however records of earlier ones have been found. The rocking chair first made its appearance in England in 1725. President John F Kennedy made rocking chairs famous when he had been advised by his doctor that a rocking chair would give him a good therapeutic experience and help his condition. He always carried along a rocker on Air Force One in his travels.
Most of us have at least one rocking chair in our homes and they come in a variety of styles with Wicker being a favorite among many. My wife and I work at Camp Tekoa, a Methodist camp near Hendersonville, NC. The deck in front of the small lake and dining hall has many rockers for campers to sit and enjoy morning quiet time.
I suppose the idea for rocking chairs evolved from cradles. The slow methodical motions are soothing and calming. Rocking chairs by design require little or no effort and gravity creates a natural motion as we sit. Some might say rocking chairs are for old people and babies but I don't know anyone who doesn't enjoy sitting in a good rocking chair.
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How many of us hasn't enjoyed sitting on a porch rocking in a chair, porch swing or a glider. We may have had the pleasure enjoying the company of our sweetheart as we did a little star gazing, sipping sweet tea,holding hands or maybe stealing a little sugar.
I love porch swings and gliders. In the summertime it is relaxing to sit on the front porch, watching fireflies and looking at the stars.