4th Chair

on March 28, 2012 in Nash-livin' with 19 comments by

So if you follow me on twitter or on instagram, you’ve probably heard me talk about 4th chair.

Or more specifically, #4thchair.

Today, I shall explain said #4thchair.

Almost every day, at some point, Lyndsay, Nichole, and I go to a local coffee shop. It’s a favorite of ours- it is where Nashville goes to work, not talk. It is as quiet as a library most of the time. No joke.

And their soy chai lattes are to be admired and revered.

Here is where we sit. Every day.

Our friend Raleigh is sitting there right now. He’s a great writer. [Also, he is currently the #4thchair, but I'm getting ahead of myself.]

So usually, it is the three of us gals. And this one day, we decided it would be fun to use social media to try to get a fourth person to come sit with us.

Sure. It was a risk. Who knows what kind of looney birds could show up? But we went for it. We all three took a picture of the empty #4thchair at our table and offered it to anyone who wanted to come sit with us.

Then we all screamed like school girls when our buddy Wes showed up and sat in the #4thchair. Nichole high-fived him immediately.

It had worked! This silly little idea had actually brought someone to fill that empty chair.

I was hooked.

The other girls? Not as much.

But we tried it a few more times…. and it just. kept. working. To the point that when people showed up, they would ask, “So do I get to be the #4thchair?”

Why yes ma’am you do.

Of course, Mr. Buzard, you are welcome in that #4thchair.

Oh, Jordan. You are so pretty in that #4thchair.

Sometimes, I tweet out the sweet #4thchair request, and it never gets filled. Which is fine. I don’t take it personally.

[The fellas really missed out on this one because Lyndsay was willing to keep her arm there.]

So that’s how #4thchair works. I have no idea why I love it so much- maybe it is the mystery of not knowing who will show up? Maybe it’s the risk factor? Maybe it is the idea that someone out there will be looking for a place to write or read or hang and they will feel welcome at our table?

No matter, #4thchair lives on. As long as the three of us sit together, we will attempt to randomly fill the empty chair at our table.

[Moral of this story: it does not take much to entertain me.]

19 comments

  1. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 5:25 AM  |  reply

    I can almost hear the squealing in the library like atmosphere when #4thchair walks through the door!

  2. ~VA~
    posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:01 AM  |  reply

    That’s awesome!

  3. merideth
    posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:43 AM  |  reply

    I don’t think I would have ever thought to do that. But, it sounds really fun.

  4. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:55 AM  |  reply

    next time I’m in Nashville, I’m so there!

  5. Katie
    posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 8:27 AM  |  reply

    If I ever get to Nashville, it may be the first place I am coming. :) I think that this idea is super sweet and all inclusive and I LOVE that! It reminds me a little of Jesus and that is AWESOME!

  6. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 9:53 AM  |  reply

    My sights are set on that 4th chair…. and it will be MINE. One day…. one sweet day.

    xo

  7. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:19 PM  |  reply

    You know…that’s one coffee shop I’ve been meaning to try. If you ever move the #4thchair concept to Crema, count me in.

  8. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:47 PM  |  reply

    I hope your future husband comes and takes that seat one day…what a great story that would be. Awww….

  9. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 2:48 PM  |  reply

    Why does your blog SQUISH my face so???? Rude.

  10. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 3:59 PM  |  reply

    I love this idea!! Very cute!

  11. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 4:24 PM  |  reply

    i love it!!

  12. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 4:35 PM  |  reply

    Ok FINE!!!! I’m on board.

  13. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 6:57 PM  |  reply

    I am shocked and offended to not be mentioned. Shocked. And. Offended.

  14. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:07 PM  |  reply

    I know Raleigh, too. Very small Nashville world. I want to come and sit in the 4th Chair one day, too! And I so love L. Nobles’ comment!!

  15. posted on Mar 28, 2012 at 7:31 PM  |  reply

    what a fun idea! if Wisconsin & Tennessee were any closer I would totally come. that being said, there is always a chair available for you in Wisconsin! :)

  16. posted on Mar 29, 2012 at 12:30 PM  |  reply

    WIsh I lived closer. I spend lots of my days in coffee shops reading and studying and would definitely love to sit in the #fourthchair. Maybe I’ll start doing the same thing in Birmingham!

  17. Kim
    posted on Mar 31, 2012 at 10:51 PM  |  reply

    Every time I read your blog it makes me want to live in Nashville. I love that you all live / work / play close enough to that coffee shop to make this happen!

  18. posted on Apr 02, 2012 at 3:03 PM  |  reply

    Oh man, I wish I could come sit in the 4th chair with you girls. Next time I’m in town. Although, I’d have a hard time keeping my mouth shut and not wanting to catch up the whole time.

  19. posted on Aug 27, 2012 at 10:33 AM  |  reply

    what a fun idea turned tradition. hope to join you in that #4thchair someday…

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