The Sticky-back Chair Saga

Okay, saga may be a bit misleading. It’s more like a “blip”. Still, it’s something that has stuck with me all these years…

Long, long ago, light years from the present, I was in the Young Women’s presidency at church. In our ward was a young mother with three beautiful girls and a 4th expected any day. She was huge. She was exhausted. She needed help.

The YW president, being a mother herself, recognized the signs and planned a surprise service project wherein the husband would take his wife on a much needed date while part of the Young Women babysat and the rest of us picked up and scoured their home. I was in charge of the kitchen/dining area. I really don’t remember much from that night. What I do remember is after I had wiped the table and was pushing the chairs back in, my hands literally stuck to the wood. Eewww! It was totally gross. And how in the world did the backs of those chairs get sooo sticky? I didn’t recognize then how blessed that sister was.

Back then I wasn’t 3-kids-deep in mess. Now I understand. I get it. I have actually become the Sticky-back chair lady. And I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world.

Which reminds me of a time not so long ago when a colleague (that makes us sound old doesn’t it?) of Ryan’s was coming for dinner with his wife. Forget the sticky-back chairs. The upholstery was covered in what appeared to be a progressive dinner of sorts. Ryan set to scrubbing the chairs. Which left them quite damp so he set them by the fire to dry. By the time our guests arrived, the chairs looked much more presentable. By the time our guests left, their fannies were a little wet from sitting on the freshly laundered seats. Well, at least they weren’t stuck to the chairs.

This next piece has nothing to do with chairs or stickiness. But I still wanted to share it.

On Sunday our primary kids were learning the hymn “How Firm a Foundation”. I love this song. As we got to the second verse we went over the lyrics and my eyes just welled up with tears as the spirit confirmed the truthfulness of the words. It says, “Fear not, I am with thee, oh, be not dismayed,
For I am thy God, and will still give thee aid;
I’ll strengthen thee, help thee, and cause thee to stand,
Upheld by My righteous, omnipotent hand.”

I love it! I know the Lord strengthens and upholds each of us as we try to do the things that are required of us.