Wordless Wednesday: Her Desk

I found the perfect desk for my office.  It is not perfect, which makes it perfect.  I didn’t buy it at a fancy schmancy furniture store.  I found it at the local Volunteers of America.  It cost me a whopping $36.  I love it. 
It wasn’t that it had bronze capped legs or that it was an old  sewing desk.  I don’t sew anything, ever.
It wasn’t the cool push away bottom drawer.
It was the words that caught my attention. 
Tattered taped up quotes from another woman.  The first a thought about service.

I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know, the only ones among you who will be truly happy are those who have sought and found how to serve. ~Dr. Albert Schweitzer

The next quote gave a bit of tongue in cheek advice about parenting.

I also learned that it is very difficult to be a parent. Even when I felt I knew what I ought to do, I never felt I was doing it.  I was lucky that they both turned out so well.  I’m very much concerned about the care of small children. I think the time will come when we can’t leave it to parents.  It is much to important a thing for that.

A little poetry…

Autumn is a gypsy with jewels in her hair. ~Isla Paschal Richardson

Now I want to be a gypsy with jewels in my hair.  This one made me giggle,

One of the lessons of history is that nothing is often a good thing to do and  always a clever thing to say. ~Will Durant

I imagined that the scotch tape was rolling up from the sleeves of a mother like me creating on this desk top.  I think we might have been friends.  She obviously valued her children, service, beauty and a little laughter.  I own her desk now and I will roll the scotch tape back even further with the things I write on her old desk.   I may even add a few of my favorite quotes over the years.  She is a mystery to me but I am grateful to her.
It’s always nice to see yourself in others. 

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