During calving season, the bench near our front door is the hardest working piece of furniture in the house. Mud-spattered coats, muck-speckled coveralls, and sweat-dampened hats usually draped over the bench to dry and for easy access for the next trek outdoors. (Fog-brained, blurry-eyed, middle-of-the-night cow checks are not the time to go hunting for outerwear in closets and laundry rooms!) Boots or shoes wet with snow or slathered with mud perch nearby, ready for another trip to the barn, as do straw-stippled mittens and slime-stained leather gloves.
Although the bench’s decorative pillows have been rescued and put out of harm’s way, the occasional kitty makes a charming bench ornament, providing some optical relief from all the unsightliness!
“But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which…is very precious in the sight of God.” –1 PETER 3:4 (AMP)