It was a city-wide conference of public chairs. Chairs from every corner of the city were called to participate. The agenda for the meeting was to discuss if they should start talking to humans about their daily observations, to help them.
Among the participants were, the chairs from the park that overlooked a scenic sunset. These chairs were witnesses to some of the most memorable time people had. They wanted to share the story of a young teen mother who visited every Friday. She would come to watch the sunset with her friend. The chairs witnessed the building of friendship, the confessions of love, the promises of future, the birth of the baby, the soreness of the boy’s heart, the heartbreak of the girl and a mother left alone with a child. Through it all the chairs witnessed the girl becoming a woman. Using this story, the chairs wanted to share about human love and infatuations. The love of a mother and infatuation of the couple and the wisdom to know the difference.
Then there was the old worn-out street chair next to the footpath. It observed young men and women pass by daily without even noticing it. The frequent users for the street chair were the old people, who sat on it to rest and catch a breath. This chair wanted to talk about the sands of time. How quickly it changes. They wanted to tell humans to be less depended on their physical strength, money and promises of the future and find hope and strength in God instead.
The canteen chairs wanted to talk about an employee and boss. Both visited the canteen during lunch. While the employee would worry about the promotions due. The boss would reflect how fortunately blessed he was to be in that position. He would remember his past and think, only if he knew better. He would not have wasted his time worrying. The chairs would use this example to tell young men to give themselves time to grow and to be happy where they are.
Counselling house chair were a bit differently made, with the softest cushions. They would hug everyone who sat on them irrespective of their mental state. They knew of the longings of a human heart better than the other chairs present. They did not have a particular story to share because to them, each person who visited the counseling house had a story. Instead, they talked about the simple things in life. The need of humans to belong, to talk, to cry and to laugh.
The meeting ended and it was decided that the chairs would speak after the next scheduled meeting whose topic of discussion was, “how to make humans listen.”