I took a picture of my desk recently and looking at it as a picture instead of as the place I am parked most of the time, I realized the eclectic mix of things that have found their way into my writing space. Like anyone else, only the things that are most important or most inspirational wind up within eyes view. I have my favorite books. Pictures of my sons. A bookmark from Star Island in New Hampshire. A giant stuffed moose. A journal. My Rosie the Riveter lunch box. My Lucas the Crab magnifying glass. A 'Write Like a Motherf*er' coffee mug. A small lighthouse plaque that my father gave me. My candle of the week. My Two Fridas.
And then there is Donny and Marie.
Okay, let me dispel any rumors that I am some huge Donny and Marie fan, posting 8X10's of the brother and sister duo on my desk because I'm in the fan club or anything. Sure, I may be a "little bit country and a little bit rock and roll," but that's not it, either. Oh, no, the meaning of the Donny and Marie photo is much deeper than that.
You see, I have two sons who to my delight, and at times to my horror, have inherited my strange sense of humor. One day, I mentioned that I wished I had a picture of them together. I mean, for a mother, what could be better than a picture of your two grown children, looking all sassy, looking like they are the best friends, ever, smiling at you every day as you work?
It seemed like a simple request. But Dillon living across the country (as is their excuse), it was difficult for them to get together to have one simple picture made that they both could agree was worthy enough for my desk.
On Mothers Day last year, Theron walked into my office and presented me with an 8X10 envelope.
"What's this?" I said.
"You wanted a picture, there you go."
"Uh, thanks, Theron. Not exactly what I expected..."
"Two grown siblings, best friends forever, smiling at you everyday..." He said.
"But, it's Donny and Marie Osmond."
"It's a placeholder. Until Dillon and I get one for you. Just think of us when you look at them."
And in my household. that just makes sense.
So while others may see a picture of Donny and Marie watching over me as I write, I look up at them and see a U.S. Airman and a Doctoral candidate. Two grown children, looking sassy, looking like they are best friends forever.
Currently being played by Donny and Marie Osmond.