Monday, February 18, 2013
I did my homework in my bedroom. Always. Never in the pubic areas of the house. Except, of course, reading, which I did everywhere, except at the dinner table. I worked hard, starting in elementary school, to have NO homework to take home, but that effort largely failed by eighth grade. We had papers to research and write (on typewriters). We had pages and pages of math to complete. We had many chapters to read and answer questions in history, science, and whatever.
Back to my homework space. I had, in elementary and junior high, an interesting set-up. It was a corner set, with the desk in the corner, with a huge work surface, the clothing drawers to the right of the desk, along the wall, and some storage drawers on the left of the desk, along the wall. The desk and drawers were made of some lightweight colored wood, and those drawers held nearly all of my belongings, except for the hanging clothes and my piano, and my bed. Really cool. Anyway, I faced the corner as I worked. That was not terribly comfortable for me. It brought back visions of being stuck in the corner for transgressions. However, I had my small fish tank on the desk, with my guppies and neon tetras. I had a drawer under the desk for my pencils, sharpener, hole punch, stapler, etc.
Later, in high school, my parents bought me an antique desk. It did not have a huge surface, but it was very pretty, solid, and I used it until I gave it to my eldest daughter four years ago. It had a drawer that was larger than the one on my original desk. I think the real difference is that my “new” one for high school was antique, made of cherry, solid, and had some history to it. The first desk was “new”, had no real solidity to it, although I know that I made good use of it. The high school desk felt like a writer’s desk. I had a hard time opening my textbooks on it, so I positioned the desk next to my bed. The bed provided a huge surface for laying books and papers on. I still have the habit of using my bed as a huge workspace. I never did store my papers/books on the bed. It was a strictly temporary surface.
I loved doing my homework at that second desk. I was not forced to face the corner, for one. Second, I did not get distracted by my lovely fish. After the other desk left the house, I had a small table with two drawers (I still have that table) for my fish tank. Today, that table is between a reclining rocker and the fireplace in our family room. It has a table lamp on it and the TV remotes stored in the drawers. It is made of walnut, and its pieces are joined by square nails.
I used that second desk for college (last three years), and for general writing purposes and storage of office supply purposes until I purchased my cherry desk that has seven drawers. I purchased that desk at an office supply place in Pasadena, California, for $200. It was an antique and the prior owner had been an architect, or so I think, because of the writings embedded in the finish on the desk! That desk is in our library, and serves us by keeping extra office supplies, old membership cards and photos, and our collection of pens and pencils.
I have been blessed with good writing surfaces for nearly my entire life. I now have a beautiful large oak desk that more than minimally serves my needs for study, reading, writing, and general enjoyment of life. That desk overlooks the family room sofa and allows me to do work/planning while watching football games!
I am now on the hunt for a tall desk, a breakfront, or something like it, to store our gift wrapping materials. I want to see the beautiful grosgrain ribbons, instead of storing them in a cardboard box. I know this is somewhat exotic – to use a desk that used to house books on its shelves, to store ribbons. But I have priced “new” gift wrapping storage/use systems , and WOW!!! SO expensive! Shoot, I can get a great upright desk system, antique, for somewhere between $180 and $800, depending on the quality, and where I go to look for one. Walnut, cherry, oak. I do not care, well, I probably will not chose maple. It would be a lovely addition to our furniture, and serve a cool purpose: visual peek at our pretty gift wrapping ribbons. So, I am on the hunt for said piece of furniture. One more useful container!