Uncle Bennie’s Desk

After my cousin, Lona, passed away last year, her brother, Robert, was faced with the task of emptying the home their late parents lived in for over fifty years.

He asked if there were anything in the house I would like to have, and I mentioned a couple of things, one being an old desk.  Robert lives out of state, and has had no reason to hurry the cleaning-out process, but he called last weekend to say we could come pick up the desk.

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I remember it being in the same location at my Uncle Bennie and Aunt Doris’s home since I was a child. Robert didn’t know any history on the desk before his parents came to own it.  Although I had every intention of taking a picture of it before we moved it, that slipped my mind. These photos were taken of it in its new home with us.

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Just look at the “lid”; that beautiful patina on those old, old boards.

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And the interior, with all those cubbies. I’d love to know where it was originally used.

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I knew there had always been a second, nearly identical, but newer, desk in another room at Uncle Bennie’s, but I didn’t know the story, until Robert recently told me.

Uncle Bennie and Aunt Doris had two children: Lona and Robert. Uncle Bennie, years ago, said that when he passed on, he didn’t want their two children arguing over the old desk. So he made an identical one.  Of course, then the two siblings both wanted THAT desk, since it was made by their dad.

The desk made by Uncle Benn

The desk made by Uncle Bennie still in place at his home

When Lona passed away, that, of course, left both desks to Robert. Since he preferred the newer desk, he was glad for me to have the old one….with one stipulation:

I also became the owner of this sweet old ceramic puppy vase/planter.

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Robert never recalled that planter being anywhere else but atop the desk, and, although he certainly didn’t mean that I had to display it there, I have no intention of separating the two.

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Old things, especially those with family ties, have always meant more to me than new ones. The old desk and planter will always be reminders to me of Lona and her family. I’m happy we’re able to give them a new home.

 ~These Days Of Mine~

 

 

 

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21 responses to “Uncle Bennie’s Desk

  1. What a great desk, Dianna! And the puppy, that’s just where he belongs.

  2. Right up your alley! Love the story.

  3. Lona would be pleased to know that it cherished again. Made me smile this morning and remember.

  4. Love this one – my Dad made desks similar to that one for each of his children – very special indeed! Yours looks perfect in it’s new home!! Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. This brought me to tears. I miss Bennie and Doris so much. And I remember that desk and can picture where it was in their home for so many years. I know you will cherish it.

  6. What a lovely desk ^_^

    xxxx

  7. Dianna, I love this wonderful desk-beautiful craftsmanship done with love and skill. This story in many ways is the story of Dianna-you cherish the memory of family above all; and that the desk will for as long as you have anything to say about it, will be mated with the precious puppy planter is in my book, priceless. Thanks Dianna. I am glad you have such a large heart for family and history. Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

  8. Beautiful desk – not so beautiful planter. But they DO belong together!

  9. Oh I think that’s a grand desk……you do have to wonder when you see older furniture just what kind of life it led before AND after belonging to someone you know…..I love the puppy planter too – they make a great pair of memories!

    Pam

  10. Dianna, that is precious — all of it, the desk, the puppy planter, and the story behind it all. What a lovely reminder of your sweet cousin.

  11. What a wonderful stowaway for the details of our life. But most of all, what a family treasure to remind you and remember. Loved so many details in this post. What did William Morris say? “Have nothing in your home that is not practical and beautiful.” Beautiful post today, Dianna.

  12. I love that desk and the story and puppy that go with it! Such wonderful treasures.

  13. How wonderful that you have this connection with the past. The desk is truly beautiful but even more so because it surely holds a host of memories.

  14. Looks like a perfect fit!

  15. Love the desk! What a wonderful heirloom!

  16. An amazing piece… with a family connection….
    I’m happy you received this; I know you were hoping that it would work out,
    and it looks right at home in the new spot.
    And the ceramic puppy… the top of that desk is the only place for it !

  17. I love the desk and the stories that went with it – and that cute lil puppy, too!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you~ MJ

  18. Beautiful desk.. it got a great home! The puppy too.. 🙂
    Sweet story Dianna.. what a lovely Thanksgiving Eve post!!

  19. Shirley Matthews Dunn

    I know without a doubt Lona is really pleased you have it. What a lovely family treasure. ❤

  20. I love, love this! I treasure items such as these. Home and family–we love it! And I am not talking about the Hallmark TV show. Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. A new treasure! The puppy planter is adorable. I’m with you, they shouldn’t be separated.

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