Here's another thought on chairs. I fit so much better at the movie theater. I was at a movie a few weeks ago with my new E-Harmony friend (woohoo!) and I was actually comfortable and I could even cross my legs. For once I wasn't spilling into the next seat, making the poor person next to me uncomfortable. I actually had room to breathe. In fact, my new honey is kind of a bigger guy and I even made a point to give him the aisle seat for a little more room. Made me realize that I while I am still a big girl, I definitely don't take up as much space as I used to. I feel average, and that's awesome.
One more chair example. My sister built a new house a while back and furnished the kitchen island with lovely wooden bar stools. While it was a great gathering place, I avoided them at all costs because I knew that my fat ass wouldn't fit in those skinny high armed chairs. I am finally starting to fit better in them too--it's still a little tight but so much better. Even my sister noticed that I fit better.
One more thing that only fat people think about, and that is the choice of chairs around a table in a crowded room. Case in point, last week I was at a work conference and for the first time in a long time I didn't have to think twice about choosing a chair in a certain position at the table. I hated it when in the past I felt like I was in the way of the waitress, or that I prevented people from being able to walk behind me or get through a crowded space. I just sat down without thinking.
Or how about the times you thought twice about sitting on a folding chair or a canvas lawn chair wondering if your 300 pounds was a little too much to ask of the screws, nuts and bolts holding it together. I've bent my share of hardware over the years. Anybody ever broken a toilet seat? Yep, guilty. That one is rather embarrassing. It was at home, the seat bolts were a little loose and the seat had slid to one side, when I sat down it went crack! Poor thing, it saw that 300 pound ass coming and probably got so scared it cracked itself.
I don't think I realized how much I didn't fit in the world, both literally and figuratively. Some days I just get so introspective about this stuff. I love my little blog, where I can exorcise some demons once in a while. Who would have thought that the subject of chairs would have warranted this long of a post. So silly.