Friday, July 14, 2017

Adirondack Moments

This is a story for day dreamers... 
(Thanks Frank & Kim for the inspiration)

There they were, perfectly positioned along the walkway, welcoming guests into the house.  Each chair casts a bright pop of color on the muted white & gray tones of  "The Scozzari Family" beach cottage. The bold pigments offset the tranquil ocean hues all around. Ken looked intently at the colorful Adirondack chairs, storing the design and color into his subconscious memory.  

“Chris, we are going to get ourselves a few of these chairs to brighten up our backyard.”  In all our years together – this was the first time Ken expressed any desire to own a piece of furniture. Just like that, the mission began. For it became Ken’s quest to hunt and gather colorful Adirondack chairs.  He searched with the promise of adding a new one every year.  

The first sighting came on a country road in Pennsylvania with a sign “Amish Made” proudly printed on the outside of the store.  Ken walked right in and selected a bright yellow chair at the far corner of the room.  The excitement of finding and purchasing the first in our collection was immeasurable.  Unloading  then placing it near the pool was a pleasure only we understood.

The years following would bring us to many roadside stores displaying varieties of these colorful chairs.  5 years and 5 chairs later – Ken still finds excitement with every purchase! We have only to look at each chair and remember the song playing on the radio, jokes we shared, where we were going and what we were doing – when we “happened” upon each one.  

Today, you will find us jockeying for the best seat, favorite color and most comfortable design.  Many summer evenings I will find Ken sitting in silence, enjoying the simple pleasure he alone finds – within the company of these Adirondack chairs. 
For me, sitting in my favorite yellow one permits me to daydream - but not about the past any longer.  Surrounded by these colorful Adirondack chairs – I look into the open space before me and fantasize about the days ahead.  I wonder what song will be playing, what jokes will be shared and where time will “happen” to take us.  In solitude I begin to set a new course & mission for us.  It has become my quest – to hunt and gather colorful dreams. 

What a joy to sit in these chairs - visualizing where the road will lead and searching for the promise of tomorrow. 

And maybe, just maybe adding a few more colorful chairs to our collection.

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