Have you ever given any thought to what impact “the rocking chair” has had on your life over the years? Almost everyone alive has been rocked in a rocking chair as a baby, toddler or even as an older child. Being rocked breeds feelings of security, peace, and bonding. A baby feels loved when being rocked by his new mom or dad. It sets the stage for an eternal bond as you rock your baby into sleep or when they’re sick.
No matter what our age, there is something special about a rocking chair. The gentle rocking motion brings memories that are not forgotten. Little kids love the rocking chair; it reminds them of a swing. Back and forth, back and forth, it brings smiles to children. They love to sit in one their size and rock and rock all day. At least kids once did. Sadly today, kids don’t know how to enjoy something as simple as the art of rocking and the pleasure it brings.
Add some years to our lives, and a comfy rocking chair becomes the best place to have a cup of tea, or read the newspaper. I remember my grandmother relaxing on the porch in her rocking chair every evening until the sun went down. It gives our body rhythm and a quiet kind of power and a feeling of control over our lives. It is as if “all is well” with the world when we view it from a rocking chair. Hour after hour hurriedly slips by when in a rocking chair.
Rocking chairs are a magnet for conversation. Years ago friends, family, or neighbors gathered on porches in the evening rocking and catching up on current events or gossiping. They were content and happy and they knew where their children were. They were out in the yard, catching fireflies, playing tag or hopscotch. Times were much simpler then. Family values were intact and morality still existed.
Add some more years, and the elderly cherish their time to rock and remember days gone by. They have raised their families, lived a long life, and sit thanking God for the blessings HE has allowed them to enjoy. The rocking chair helps them get through their day knowing rocking is something they can do usually with a friend or two.
Yes, the rocking chair is a timeless treasure. Whether you’re rocking to put your mind at ease or you’re catching up on your sleep, you can rely on the old rocking chair to be there for you when you need it.
If you don’t have a rocking chair, you are really missing out. It’s time to get one and see what they’re all about. They will soothe and comfort you and may be just what you need to take away the doldrums as you rock at your own speed.