Guarding Tess

Former First Lady ~ Rene 2010


This photo was taken at the former Bayley~Ellard High School in Madison, NJ.
No longer a school, the landmark Georgian style mansion is currently being renovated to be used as a retreat house and spiritual center.

Though she has fallen into disrepair, hints of her former glory shine through the layers of dust and crumbled plaster.

 Two folding chairs stand guard at her main staircase.
Because I have this quirky habit of attaching human characteristics to inanimate objects…
I felt the folding chairs may have accepted their new assignment with great reluctance, but had no choice in the matter. So now they stand guard, mightily cheezed off about  their “less than” duty, deeply sighing every now and again about not being used properly for the purpose that they were intended.
I was reminded of Nicholas Cage’s role in the movie
Guarding Tess.

“C’mon, we’re chairs! We are supposed to attend functions and galas, seat local dignitaries; not to keep snoops from poking around the pantry!”

Sometimes, though, you never realize your true potential until you lose yourself in the service of others.
Peace ~ Rene

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15 thoughts on “Guarding Tess

  1. You final sentence is my life. I'd post a link to my girlfriend Tessa's website, but her domain name quit working. She's raising hell with blogger as I write this. She has an amazing life. I'll fill you in as soon as her domain is back up. She's the TessaLeFae who comments on my blog.The Fred Effect

  2. Rene, That was beautiful. Although I never attended Bayley, my sister did so I feel I know it in some way.The chairs make it. You gave them a life. Great work.

  3. You probably think ants have feelings and grasshoppers are frivolous. I see two chairs, excitedly guarding those stairs, ready to topple on anyone who dares to take that first step.Oh, wait, the one of the right has fallen asleep. Lazy bastard. His LaZBoy dad is going to give it to him good when he gets home tonight.Casey

  4. Hey Rene, how are you? Everything looks so good here, a new design since last I visited. Yep, I took a break from blogging and am kin dof back I think.I am thinking these chairs are not feeling so comfortable as they are not a match for that staircase are they. Such a beautiful building by the looks. I bet the staircase could tell some stories.

  5. I love the idea of chairs reluctantly performing a service that goes again their "hostess with the mostess" services.I have a thing with objects too. Especially ones with faces – like most toys. Which makes me think that Toy Story 3 might be a hard one for me to watch. Also – I feel guilty about now much I dislike and give poor placement to the uglier Christmas ornaments.

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