The morning after a book talk in Bellingham, WA, I was standing with a bunch of bananas in a short express line at our neighborhood grocery store. Imagine my delight when the woman next to me in line asked if I was the author of The Good News Chair.
As it turns out, she is an elementary school librarian. She was looking for an end-of-the-year gift to give to her principal and assistant principal. After buying and reading my book, she thought about finding an old wooden chair, stripping it of varnish or shellac, and painting it. At the same time, she had way too many tasks to do and too little time. She went on to tell me, “I pray a lot. Following a prayer, I saw a vision of a red chair. It was at Lowe’s.”
Well, after school the next day she went to Lowe’s and sure enough found a red plastic lawn chair for just $8.00. Home it went. That same night she got out her craft paints and added squiggles and stars to make a wonderful Good News Chair.
The Chair went to her principal and assistant principal with a note that read, “Thank you for all you have done for our students. Here’s an idea you might like to try for next year.” She promised that next fall she would report back.
Sooo….if you have made your own version of the Good News Chair I would love to know about it. Our world could sure use a little more good news.