Per­sonal space

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - STYLE - — Lau­rie Mar­shall

Thomas E. Smith

Where I live: Ben­tonville Oc­cu­pa­tion: Ben­ton County Cir­cuit Judge

My fa­vorite space is: My re­cliner.

Why? I lit­er­ally do ev­ery­thing in my re­cliner. In no cer­tain or­der: I love naps in my re­cliner, es­pe­cially the Sun­day-af­ter­noon-af­ter-church-nap. I re­flect on life and work in my re­cliner. I’ve watched my chil­dren open Christ­mas gifts in my re­cliner. I held my twins when they first got home from the hos­pi­tal in my re­cliner. I still hold them 17 years later in my re­cliner. I’ve held my wife in my re­cliner. I’ve grown spir­i­tu­ally in my re­cliner. I’ve been yelled at in my re­cliner. I’ve watched world events un­fold and the joys and tragedies of the na­tion in my re­cliner.

I’ve watched pres­i­den­tial elec­tions and ma­jor sport­ing event cham­pi­ons crowned, and shouted “U-S-A!” in my re­cliner. I’ve called the Hogs thou­sands of times in my re­cliner.

My cat takes a daily nap with me and my dog puts his head on my arm for a pet while in my re­cliner. I read the weekly de­ci­sions of the Arkansas Supreme Court and Court of Ap­peal in my re­cliner. I’ve saved thou­sands of dol­lars watch­ing movies in my re­cliner. In gen­eral, I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced many joys, tears, in­for­ma­tion and growth in my re­cliner and when the Lord says it is time to go I hope I leave this world peace­fully from my re­cliner.

If I could make one change to im­prove this space, I would: Change noth­ing. I love my re­cliner.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette

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