“Mom! I'm home!” John closed the door and dropped his books on a nearby chair. “Hi, John, home already?" His mom turned around.
“It's spring. I was thinking more of our annual spring cleaning, "John's mom suggested.” Tomorrow is Saturday. Let's do some cleaning, okay?” ”Okay,” John agreed unwillingly.
The next day,they cleaned upstairs, downstairs, inside, outside, until everything was spotless. Tired, they sank into the couch. Pointing to Grandpa's chair, John's mom exclaimed, “Oh my! That old chair has got to go. We'll buy Grandpa a new one.” John's grandpa lived with them since Grandma had died. “John, Let's take the chair to the curb. Tomorrow the garbage truck is picking up on our block.”
As they attempted to move the chair, Grandpa walked by dragging his feet through the door and quickly blocked their way. “Oh,no!” he protested. “You can't take my chair.” “It's old and worn. We'll buy you a new one," John's mom argued.
“No,” John's grandpa persisted, trying to push his chair back into place. “I don't want a new one," his voice trembled.
John's mom had to give up and said she would discuss it with John's dad, who was still at work. John's mom left the living room to prepare the dinner. With a sigh of relief, the old man sank into his chair and closed his eyes.
“Grandpa, why won't you let us get rid of the chair? It's so old,”John asked his grandpa when his mom left the room.
“You don't understand, John.” Grandpa shook his head from side to side. After a long pause he said, “I sat in this chair, with your grandma right here, when I asked her to marry me. When I sit in this chair and close my eyes I feel she is near.” Grandpa softly stroked the arm of the chair. “And the night your father was born, I sat in this chair. I was nervous and scared when they placed the tiny baby into my arms, yet I was never happier.” A smile flashed across his old face.
“I think I'm beginning to understand,” John said thoughtfully. “The chair gave you comfort and warmth. This is not just a chair. It is more like a friend.” However, that night when John and his grandpa were asleep, John's mom and dad carried the chair to the curb.
The next morning, when John came downstairs, his grandpa stood by the window and looked outside sadly._______________________
Seeing John rescue the chair from the garbage men, his mom turned and looked at John's grandpa.____________________