When I'm sitting in the waiting room of the dentist's office, I just naturally and nervously want to think about something else other than the impending tooth inspection.
So that's exactly what I did the other day.
In this case, I started thinking about chairs and seats since I was in one at that particular moment anyway and because, well, life is full of seats.
And all of our lives we're instructed to have one. It's what we do in polite society. We have a seat, we take a seat, we pull up a chair.
Think about it.
The driver's seat is where we as teens think that's the place to be. I was certainly no exception to that school of thought.
I expected driving to be a great experience until I realized other people are driving on the road, too. I think I can relate to that recent report that suggests America's love affair with driving is growing a little dim.
The passenger seat can be the better seat to be in, unless there's something wrong with the car, for instance, like "a nut loose behind the wheel."
There are definitely seats you want to be in.
Most every living room, family room, wreck room, man cave, whatever has a seat that's your seat or somebody else's seat, and that's understood. Period. Nobody else is allowed to sit there, or they get chased out.
Growing up, I remember how our kitchen table had a chair that was dad's seat and one that was mom's. We wouldn't think of sitting there. Besides, we had our own seats.
Some places it's good to sit. Other places it's not.
It's probably good to have a seat at the head table, for instance, because it's usually a happy occasion - a special banquet, your wedding day. You'll be the first table served food. That's the bonus about it.
But if your seat is at the head table where you're about to be roasted, well, maybe a seat in the audience area holds more appeal.
The hot seat's not so hot.
The judgment seat maybe not so good either.
A love seat, though, now there's something pretty special.
And if you want a good view, a window seat is probably a good place to park yourself.
An aisle seat on a plane, though, is if you're more interested in quicker exits, not aerial views.
Box seats are seat worthy.
Front seats are in demand unless you have to look up. Not so good on the neck.
Every once in a while it's a good idea to take a back seat whether you want to or not.
One of the best seats in the world is the beach chair, planted firmly in the sand at the water's edge.
That's the place to plop and relax.
As for seats in the waiting area of a dentist's office, they're not so bad.
And that's the "tooth."
(Kiaski, a resident of Steubenville, is a staff columnist and features writer for the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and community editor for the Herald-Star. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.)