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 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. Arts & Culture Issue 38 My Favorite Thing Death doula Alua Arthur tells the story behind her favorite crystal. Arts & Culture Issue 37 My Favorite Thing Antiques dealer Helle Thygesen shows us the last thing she would sell. Arts & Culture Design Issue 36 Alexis Sablone Not many architects skate for their country, and not many skateboarders design the parks they skate in. Arts & Culture Films Issue 35 At Work With: Shahira Fahmy How did one of Egypt’s leading architects end up walking the red carpet at Cannes?