Friday, March 26, 2010

Rock on!


Between the ages of 4 through 6, I was seriously obsessed with this child-size rocking chair I think my father actually made for me. I'd suck my thumb and rock while losing myself in episodes of Mr. Rogers, Electric Company and Sesame Street.


My folks never had one of those super huge furniture-style televisions that looked like a hulking wooden block with a TV inserted in the center. Their TVs were more average sized, so I would sit literally a foot away from it. Daily, my mom and dad would take turns warning me that by sitting close to the TV, I'd eventually lose my vision. Not sure if that's why I began wearing glasses by the first grade... Coincidence I think.

Upon moving to Valley Stream, my dad upgraded me to an ugly orange, totally '70s style upholstered chair. By that time I was seven years old and had graduated from Sesame Street to The Partridge Family, Gidget and Father Knows Best. I loved the old retro shows and still do, only today's retro shows are Roseanne and The Cosby Show. I watch them every late night on TV LAND while my husband snores.

If I had a kid, that kid would surely have a rocking chair too. Not the new fancy Disney type soft, cushy ones either. I'm talking an old-school, hard-as-hell on your butt cheeks, cherry wood rocking chair.

29 comments:

Caution Flag said...

I have similar memories. My daughter's godparents gave her a rocking chair and now that she is almost 15, my husband is always trying to get rid of the chair (like that one little thing is the source of all the clutter in this house.) Rest assured, that chair will leave only when my daughter someday moves out.

Copyboy said...

The best thing my dad ever made me was burnt grilled cheese. He's not the handiest of men. Rocking chair seems like something hard to put together. Especially since IKEA wouldn't be around for another 8 years at least. haha. Good for your dad. That must have been very special for you.
BTW...I think my neighbors had that furniture TV. Looked primo with their orange shag. Oh, and I'm strictly "A Different World" fan.

leigh said...

Would your parents make you sit on a pillow by the tv and flip channels for them? I was the human remote control!

Kathie @ Just a Happy Housewife said...

I had a rocking chair too when I was little and I loved it. My much older sister sat it in one day and broke it...I don't remember that, but she said I bawled my eyes out! :-)

Tina said...

My favourite place for watching tv was on the back of my rocking horse. My niece has that horse now. How I loved him!

Ian said...

BAHAHAHA I remember those TV's!

Samantha said...

Those t.v's were horrible. I remember our console t.v...yuck!

And Bree has a little rocking chair too! It belonged to my Mother when she was Bree's age :)

Angie said...

I had one of those totally plush chairs that kept its shape under my 35 pound body. If I sat in one now, it would never regain its shape.

Bossy Betty said...

I never had a rocking chair and always envied kids who did! You were so cool!

Blast from the Past said...

What I loved about those old TV's was the tubes in the back! Remember how they warmed up and glowed orange? And - when they had problems, my Dad and I would take them to the general store and test them in the tube tester thingy. We could also buy replacement tubes there!

Pretty cool stuff!

Suburban Correspondent said...

I still have the rocking chair from my childhood!

Christiejolu said...

Valley Stream on Long Island????

My Dad made my girls this really uncomfortable wood bear rocking chair. It is cute, but looks so uncomfortable. They love it though!

My Grandmother had that exact TV when I was little.

Jerry said...

I remember having a TV similar to that. It sucked arse! I hated cleaning the wood cabinet. LOL.

Pat Tillett said...

So funny. TV's as big as couches. Once we had one that had a stereo and turntable in it also..

Jen said...

this is my first time stopping by your blog and that post is hilarious!! my hubby started making me a rocking chair but it has yet to be delivered...i think it's still in pieces in the garage.

love the story!!
jen

Ms. Anthropy said...

I have the toy box my Dad made for me. And I still have a console TV, that works great. We had to start using it again, after our 60" got destroyed by lightning.

The Girl Next Door Grows Up said...

All of our tvs were on a stand that rolled around. It was cool if I was sick, then my mom would roll it into my room.

I have a wood rocking chair (adult size) that I got from my folks. They used it when I was a baby and I used it for both of my girls and now I am saving it for them.

Susie said...

I remember those!!!

TS Hendrik said...

Nah sitting up close to the TV doesn't effect your eyes. If it did I'd be wearing glasses myself and... oh.

That's pretty neat that your dad made you a rocking chair. My mother used to make my brother and I help make various shelves and benches from wood that lumber yards threw out because of defects.

Cheeseboy said...

The other day I actually saw someone with one of those old TV's things. They had popped the ancient tv out and replaced it with a super high def tv. Coolest thing I have ever seen.

Babes Mami said...

I love TV Land! Looking into getting my son a rocking chair soon. Who doesn't love rocking?

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Menopausal New Mom said...

Okay, we had that TV and I definitely remember having that rocking chair back in the late 60's!!

I remember our first color TV! Okay, now that everyone knows how old I am I can shut up Lol!

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Brittney said...

Bahaha... I used to love my rocking chair except it wasnt "finished" so I think I may have gotten splinters from it lol!!!

Riot Kitty said...

I have pictures from the early 80s sitting on an orange and brown geometrically patterned couch. I ask you?!! I know they bought it on the 70s, but come on!

ASBLACKASOBAMA said...

I want a rocking chair now! lol

By the way! Roseanne and The Cosby Show are quite possible two of the best television shows ever! I judge the quality of a sitcom on how many times the show makes me laugh out loud, and both of those shows make me laugh hysterically on a regular basis!

Jenny said...

I love those chairs, too. Whenever I see one at a garage sale I buy it. No matter that I have only three Grands and nine chairs already. I also adore the little wicker ones!

Kato said...

WE had one of those growing up too, and I also loved it a lot. Rocking is so comforting!!

xoxo

Michelle Pixie said...

Can I just tell you I still have my 70's kiddo rocking chair that is all wood except for the vinyl cushion part for your butt. All three of my girls have loved that chair and when my littlest one is done with it I will save it for my grandbabies...they just don't make chairs like they use to! ;-)

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