Mom’s Secretary

I have waited all these months to clean out mom’s secretary desk because I needed to be ready emotionally, and have enough uninterrupted quiet time to go through everything.

This morning was finally time.


I found some interesting things.

There were the notes I left her during my first trip to Israel:


There were some notes she had written:


And the spoon from Israel with a thank you note I sent after our wedding:


And the corsage she wore at our reception:


And some funny quotes from tv shows she watched:


She made these in vacation bible school as a four year old:


These were “menus” from ages ago:


And I don’t know what this was:


There was the stamp from when she was the boss of libraries everywhere:


And one of my grandmother’s fancy pens from when I was a toddler:


And more of her lost glasses:


There was a copy of the family proclamation with a patch from the Unites Nations tucked inside:


There was a pamphlet from when we went to the Kansas City temple open house:


And there was her EKG from some cardiac tests I made her get, ironically stacked on top of her flatline EKG from the hospital after the accident, which I must have just thrown in there so I wouldn’t have to look at it.


There was her notebook we wrote notes in back and forth:


And it was full of paper hearts from the wedding.


It was a hard thing to do, cleaning out her desk. I am glad I waited until I was ready. I am glad to have sweet memories of her working at the desk when I was a child, and I am glad to have a lovely spot for it in the new house. It sits right in the morning sun, so I can do my scripture study, Hebrew work, and notes from work on my iPad or laptop, or write letters on Sunday.

It’s perfect.


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I am a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints since 2009. I serve as a Chaplain, and work as a counselor. I got bilateral cochlear implants in 2010, but will always love sign language. I choose books over television, and organics over processed. Nothing is as close to flying as ballroom dancing - except maybe running, when in the solo mood. I would rather be outside than anywhere else, especially at the river riding my bike or kayaking. PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, and currently doing a post-doc in Jewish Studies and an MDiv in Pastoral Counseling. The best thing about Emily World is that it's always an adventure, even if (not so) grammatically precise. The only thing better than writing is being married to a writer. Nathan Christensen and I were married in the Oklahoma City temple on 13 October 2012, and have since fostered more than eighty-five children. We have adopted the six who stayed, and are totally and completely and helplessly in love with our family. Nathan writes musical theater, including "Broadcast" (a musical history of the radio) and an adaption of Lois Lowry's "The Giver". He served his mission in South Korea, has taught song-writing in New York City public schools, and worked as a theater critic for a Tucson newspaper. This is not an official Web site of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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