I have added a couple of items to my desk:
I have discovered a new way to have something green on my desk — rather than buy flowers, which die very quickly, or a plant, which I myself would kill quickly. At my local supermarket, in the flowers section, I can almost always find little bunches of different leaves, from which this week I bought eucalyptus, and long stands of some kind of flat, grass, about the width of a marker. This greenery lasts for about 3 weeks, and it always makes a big splash of color.
On my left side, I have a sand dollar, which was given to me by one of the other residents in the building. She is somewhat limited, but she has created a beautiful keepsake. Using colored markers, she made a pinwheel of color, which also allows the spider web pattern of the sand dollar come through. It’s really quite lovely.
These join the painting my mother gave me, of a sight we both remember from when we were in Turkey, and I was 9: The painting shows a Turkish village, with a woman covered all over with a black burka. She has just dyed her hand-spun wool a fiery red color — the color of the Turkish flag. She has stretched it out on pegs, to let it dry in the sun. A lovely memory.
I also have my liquid paperweight, with 2 clown fish suspended in the oil. My deck of 4 Agreements cards is also there, as are my phone base, and my computer. Considering the desk is 3 1/2 feet x 2 feet, I think I’ve done well.
The things we collect say much about who we are, so I guess I’m a colored- spider-webby-greens-lover, sentimental and playful at the same time. I like that!