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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: Illustrate the meaning of “A Stitch in Time Saves Nine” (without using the actual phrase or literal example). (01/03/08)

TITLE: The Disgruntled Chair
By darlene hight


“Well, just look at you” he hissed “ Here I sit half finished with stuffing hanging out all over me. My springs are in need of repair and all you can do is sit there, looking pathetic.”

“Don’t you think that I feel bad enough?” I ask readjusting my heating pad and letting out a little moan.

“If only you had put the non- skid treads on the stairs sooner, we wouldn’t be in this predicament. Would we?”

“I’m the one sitting here with the bruised backside. I think that I learned that lesson well enough.”

” That doesn’t do me any good. It will be another week or more before you finish reupholstering me. Do you think that I like being exposed like this?”

“Please, be quiet. The stairs are fixed now and besides, you weren’t the one exposing your derrière in the doctor’s office. “That’s one whopping big tomato” the doctor said and then, they had a fine laugh ……..at my expense.”

“Fixed now? That is a little like closing the barn door after the horse has escaped. Anybody could see that the stairs would be treacherous in the winter. They should have been fixed months ago.”

I glare at him and the phone rings.


“How are you doing, Sweetheart?” hubby asks.

“I’m okay.”

“Are you taking things easy?”

“Yes but it hasn’t been easy. That unfinished chair has been taunting me all morning.”

“You do not work on that chair! Do you hear me? It isn’t going to help anyone for you to be bending over that chair. You concentrate on resting your back. Pop some popcorn. Watch old movies. I want you to get better.” He scolded lovingly.

“Remind him that he could have fixed the steps!”

I throw a roll of batting into his huge, gaping mouth. “Shhh…he feels bad enough already!”

“Who are you talking to?” he asks

“Oh never mind, it’s nobody. I’m sure that a few days off my feet and I’ll be good as new. I love you. Thanks for calling.”

“I love you too. See you tonight.”

A muffled sound came from the chair as I take a long slow sip of my tea.

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Ann Renae Hair01/10/08
How clever.
Great title.
I love that the wife was preventing more trouble by not throwing guilt on the husband; a less obvious but important message.
Very well done...again, how clever! Loved it.
Beth LaBuff 01/10/08
Fun and cute! You did great work on this! :)
Sarah Engle01/10/08
Ha! Love the perspective of this piece. Well done...I was able to picture the chair, in all it's personality! :)
Dee Yoder 01/11/08
In my experience, there's a whole host of household objects that taunt me daily with their never-ending requests on their behalf. Very clever story! Love the creativity for the topic.
Sara Harricharan 01/11/08
What a fun piece! I have to say cute and clever at the same time. I liked the title and thought it was going to be something about a workshop, but this was quite a delightful read! Excellent job! ^_^
Laury Hubrich 01/12/08
Excellent story! Very creative.
Marilyn Schnepp 01/12/08
At first I thought it was the chair that was injured; then I find at the end it's the wife that's injured. Also I was confused as to who was talking to whom; but not to worry, I'm getting old and a bit dense. However, I thought it VERY creative!
Marilyn Schnepp 01/12/08
Now that I have read the "other" comments, I went back and re-read this delightful saga - and NOW I understand it. Should have read it twice before commenting. Thanks for the "smile"...(*.*) Great job!
Joanne Sher 01/12/08
Cute and creative. A delightful read.
Hanne Moon 01/12/08
How cute! I really liked this! I'm glad I'm not the only one that imagines my inanimate objects talking to me!
jodie banner01/14/08
I can't help but think this woman has taken a few too many pain pills. I was laughing all the way through this.
Joy Faire Stewart01/14/08
This is unique and a delight to read. Good job!
Gerald Shuler 01/14/08
I think I have sat in that chair before. If it's the same chair it deserves to be exposed.
Clever and witty approach to the topic.
LauraLee Shaw01/14/08
A refreshing change of pace with this one. Delightful.
Catherine Pollock01/14/08
I loved this approach to the topic (but, then again, a chair that talks to a person usually is a winner in my books).
Jan Ackerson 01/14/08
Unique and creative, absolutely.

The last sentence threw me a bit: it starts in past tense and ends in present tense.

Love the way you made an inanimate object teach the lesson, and in an highly entertaining manner.
Karen Wilber01/14/08
This is my favorite line - "That unfinished chair has been taunting me all morning."

I love personification - this was fun!
Temple Miller01/14/08
Very imaginative! It was funny and warm. I love how she stood up for her husband. I enjoyed it a lot!
Rita Garcia01/14/08
Fun, clever and creative! I'm so glad you're back ... I've missed your fantastic entries!
Betty Castleberry01/14/08
I should introduce your chair to my computer desk, but that's a whole other story. I enjoyed this really creative story. Thumbs up.
Catrina Bradley 01/14/08
What an imagination! A pleasure to read - I imagine it was even more fun to write. The chair taunting her made me giggle.
Patty Wysong01/15/08
What a fun read! I'm glad I'm not the only one that hears things talking! Creative from start to finish--I loved the 'muffled' part at the end. :-)