Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Have a Seat

I was not raised in a house that used a time-out bench. In my youth parents still punished our misbehaving by sending us out to cut a switch or resort to the old stand by of the razor strap to wallop our behind.

By the time my child came along, schools were teaching their students to call family services if a parent resorted to that type of punishment so the time-out corner was born.

This bench was built by my brother-in-law and given as a gift to his brother, who lived with me and my first husband until he moved to a nursing home. The bench stayed with us. By then, my grandson had joined our household and he spent many a time-out on this bench. He is now fourteen and almost six feet tall and I recently passed this bench along to him. It will store his CD's until he has children in need of a time-out.

This bench sits in the atrium of the Butterfly House in St. Louis.

The above two shots are the halves of a bench that sits in the waiting area of a Mexican Restaurant in Omaha we like to visit when we go to see my sister.
This bench is located in a small park of a busy tourist area of Eureka Springs, Arkansas. It provided a welcome rest for our weary feet during our last visit there.

From time-outs to weary feet, how, would we survive without a Bench.

I am linking this post to Alphabe Thursday.

Jenny Matlock
The theme this week is the letter "B". To check out the other participants take on the letter of the week visit Jenny Matlock and her friends by clicking on the icon above.


  1. "Cut a switch" is such a familiar phrase to me! My mother always sent us out to "cut a switch," and I sent my kids out to do the same! Thank goodness that has gone out of style! Great post!!

  2. What wonderful benches fir everyone to sit on and take a timeout.

  3. Love your benches! I'll have to look for the one in Eureka Springs next time I'm up that way!

  4. I would have loved a time out bench! I came from the cut a switch era too and if I got one to small I was sent right back for another, lol.

  5. I love your "collection" posts. Did you realize that you're born to be an RVer? Photo collections are the only collections you have room for!

  6. One of my favorite things in my house is an old bench I found in a used furniture store with horses running on the back.

    Lovely assortment, thanks for sharing!

  7. Loved your B for benches today. That time out one is darling too.

  8. What a great idea for the letter B! We had a wooden spoon for our kids when they were little but you are right...the times have changed.

  9. I don't know what a 'cut a switch' is but it doesn't sound good.

    I like the butterfly bench.

    have a sweet day.

  10. We were the wooden spoon and belt era in our house. Yeooooch!

    I love benches. I have quite a few all over the house and they all get used at one time or another.

    That bottom carved bench is really, really charming!

    Thanks for a beautiful link this week.


  11. BENCHES! I just love them! I always stop to peak and maybe take a seat when I see a new and interesting one!

  12. Oh yeah, I had many unfortunate meetings with the switch and belt as a kid.

    Very interesting and artistic benches...

  13. Hey when are you going to come back up this way. It has been to long since the last trip. Love you!


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