You know the "angels singing"/"heavenly beam of light" sound? Pretend the Audience Handler is holding up a sign instructing you to make that sound.
I have been looking for a chair like this for over TWELVE YEARS. After I left my daycare job, I worked for a few months as a nanny---or I suppose "babysitter" would be accurate, too, except when it's a full-time job for a single family I think of that as "nannying." ANYWAY, as if it matters. The point is that the kids in that family were champion nappers and would BOTH nap for THREE FULL HOURS every day after lunch. (Go ahead and make the angel sound again, because MAN.)
The house had a lot of nice comfy furniture, including a big puffy recliner and a sectional couch, but the chair I always went to was a small, short-backed swivel chair. It didn't LOOK particularly comfy, but the arms were exactly the right height to rest my elbows on while I was reading, and I would swivel back and forth, back and forth, back and forth---very soothing. And the rounded back was just right.
Ever since, I have been on a quest to find a similar chair. I asked the mama of the family where they'd gotten it, but it was a handmedown from her parents and she said she thought they'd gotten it decades before. I found many chairs that looked similar but were uncomfortable, or were the wrong proportions, or didn't swivel. Then, after TWELVE YEARS, I found the above-pictured chair at Home Goods and it was exactly right.
But: a color problem. Home Goods had it in white, in a light dusky blue, and in purple. And I don't mean purple, or purple, I mean PURPLE. Jess Loolu purple. Even after I say to you that it was PURPLE, you might still be picturing an eggplant color, or maybe a deep dusky purplish grey.
I liked the purple but I'd say my decor tends more toward muted light greens and golds, and then we have that wine-colored couch, and our carpet is blue, and actually I guess I should not be using the words "my decor" as if I have one. Suffice it to say I thought the light dusky blue would be the easiest to incorporate into the existing situation. But the light dusky blue one was broken and wouldn't swivel right. I went home and fretted: should I get the purple?
Yesterday my mom and I went to the other Home Goods within easy driving distance, just to see if they might have the same chair. And they DID! In, er, purple.
Then Henry said he needed to pee. I was taking him to the bathroom and I saw a huge square SOMETHING tipped up on its side (like an ottoman, but more like NINE ottomans) in a muted turquoise leather, and I thought, "It's too bad I can't find the chair in THAT color." And do you know what? Behind the big tipped up nona-ottoman was the chair in the same muted turquoise leather. And I had to LEAVE IT to take Henry to the bathroom. ANYONE might have bought it! Anyone!
Afterward, I brought Henry to my mom for safekeeping and I picked up the chair and carried it to the register. It was bulky and awkward, but what if I went to ask for someone to put it on one of those platform carts and in the meantime SOMEONE ELSE BOUGHT IT?? So I just hauled it. It feels very comical to go through a register line with a CHAIR. I bought it and hauled it out to the minivan and put it in (Paul had removed the third row of seats in case I did find the chair) and LOCKED THE DOORS and then I felt better, like the chair was IRREVOCABLY MINE.
I went back in and we finished shopping, and on the way out the clerk said they'd had a LIME GREEN one but it had sold. LIME GREEN! I might need a pair of these chairs.
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