This small wooden stool, carved from one piece of wood and decorated with intricate carvings, holds the quintessence of my childhood. Known as a gho in the Bissa language, which literally translates to “sitting wood, ” it represents comfort and a sense of being held close and cared for. This is because whenever I saw my mother sitting on it, I knew she was either about to start preparing a meal or some other activity that was connected to family This story is from Kinfolk Issue Forty-One Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture Issue 46 My Favorite Thing Charles de Vilmorin on the possibilities of a sewing machine. Arts & Culture Issue 45 My Favorite Thing Gladys Chenel on the Egyptian god that oversees her home. Arts & Culture Issue 44 Peer Review: Minnette de Silva Shiromi Pinto introduces Minnette De Silva, the Sri Lankan modernist who inspired her novel. Arts & Culture Issue 43 My Favorite Thing David Erritzoe shares the vial that sparked psychedelic thinking. Arts & Culture Issue 40 My Favorite Thing Designer Lucinda Chambers shares the story of her mother’s ring. Arts & Culture Issue 40 Olalekan Jeyifous On fantastical architecture and sci-fi Brooklyn.