Tuesday, April 16, 2013

A New Old Desk

Passing Notes Today:  Mrs. Kelly

Hey girls, 

Want to see something cool?  My grandfather helped make this desk:

My dad used to sit at this desk and work on his schoolwork.  He worked rather diligently, too, because he had perfect attendance for his entire academic career.  Years later my brother sat at this desk in his childhood bedroom.  He probably practiced his multiplication tables or filled out his college applications (or managed fantasy football lists) here.  Then he passed the desk along to my sister. She took it with her to her dorm room at Cornell, where she started her journey to become a physician.  She prettied the desk up a bit and sprayed the lamp red (probably to match her Alma mater's colors). Then we got the desk.  My husband used it in law school after we were first married.  But when we moved back home, the desk sat in our basement until last week.

Last week, I decided it was time for our son to have a desk.  He is doing homework now and needed his own space. We rearranged his bedroom to make it fit.  I polished her up a bit and changed out the drawer liners (guessing my sister put those in and not my brother).  

I love that this little desk has an industrial vibe to it with the metal lamp.  That metal lamp, by the way, was a draft lamp from Kodak. My grandfather worked at Kodak for his entire career (as did may Rochesterians way back when).

I'm happy our little guy has a special place to study. His family members before him have touched this desk.  My grandfather, a pipefitter, who loved life and worked with his hands, is a part of it.  My father, who has a thing for math and loves to learn, is a part of it.  My brother, who is an Air Force Major and has helped defend our country, is a part of it.  My sister, who is a physician and has used her gifts to help others, is a part of it. And my husband, who worked hard at this desk (during his graduate studies) to pursue his dream, is a part of it. 

I hope my son will follow their examples.  I know, he too, is destined for greatness.  And I hope some day he passes the desk on to continue the story. 

And the seasons they go 'round and 'round
And the painted ponies go up and down
We're captive on the carousel of time
We can't return we can only look behind
From where we came
And go round and round and round
In the circle game

- Joni Mitchell "The Circle Game"

PS Anyone else have something that has been passed on in your family?  Would love to hear about!

Note from Mrs. Gosling - I {heart} . He is destined for greatness!

1 comment:

Moe said...

Well, by the time I got to the Joni Mitchell I was basically choking back sobs. It's a lovely desk, but it wouldn't really matter what it looks like with that kind of history, now, would it?

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