Greta Garbo, the elusive Hollywood actress of the 1930s, star of Grand Hotel and many other films, is best remembered for one quote: “I want to be alone.” Often pronounced, “I vant to be alone,” with a deep drawl and Swedish accent, the quote means different things to each of us.
To those of us at Traditions Home in Wichita and Overland Park, it simply means, I want my own seat.
Not a Sofa or a Sectional, but a Chair
I want a chair, not a sofa or sectional, preferably a swivel chair because it is especially nice to go this way and that as your mood swings, happy in the knowledge that you control your own sense of direction and destiny.
Greta Garbo did, and never regretted it, not for a moment.
Mind you, Greta did not want to be Macaulay-Culkin-like, Home Alone, just alone in her own chair. In a Life magazine interview in 1955, Greta explained:
“I never said, ‘I want to be alone,’ I only said, ‘I want to be let alone! There is all the difference.”
Trivia — Greta Garbo’s penultimate Hollywood film was Sunset Boulevard, 1950, playing the aging actress Norma Desmond, alongside the ill-fated screenwriter, William Holden. Her last movie appearance was a cameo in Airport, 1975.
Speaking of Chairs
Speaking of chairs reminds me of Dionne Warwick singing Burt Bacharach and Hal David’s A House is Not a Home…
“A chair is still a chair,
Even though there’s no one sitting there.”
Not true, for not all chairs are equal. Sherrill chairs are simply made better. So, have a heart, shop Sherrill, made in Hickory, North Carolina, by craftsmen and women who care.