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.