So I watched half an episode of Sherlock, and while I don’t care for the adult content, I simply loved the way Sherlock deduced things. So I’ll try my hand at deciphering things about people. To make things easy (and to see how correct I am), I’ll start with my own desk. Here’s a brief overview of my (messy) desk:
To the left of the desk is a glasses-holder (that’s currently full of junk), two books, and a pair of scissors. There’s also a Swiss army knife and a volleyball picture dated 2015.
To the right are three skeins of yarn, a mostly-empty water bottle, a Teeny Ty fox, and about fifty pages of a manuscript. There’s also a small whiteboard, with the words “clean,” “blog,” and “Selah” written in red ink, with “Get ready 4 Selah!” written in green ink in the top corner.
On the hutch of the desk is a pencil holder, a glass award, an unused monitor, two figurines of children on swings, three books, and a radio.
And they say a cluttered desk is a sign of a cluttered mind….
Let’s first look at the library books. Their titles are The Confession of Brother Haluin and Dead Man’s Ransom, both by Ellis Peters. A quick peek inside proves that they’re library books, and the way the pages feel as I ruffle them through my fingers makes me think they’ve been there for a while. It seems I’m right—the first date recorded in The Confession of Brother Haluin is April 21, 1989.
Sherlock would probably be able to look at these books and say that I’m a fan of natural medicine or that I have an interest in studying Catholicism. But if I’d found these books on a random person’s desk, I’d simply note that they’re experienced and voracious readers.
On to the yarn. There are three skeins in three different colors—gray, off-white, and green of a light and pleasant shade, almost what one would expect clouds to be if they were green. There’s a half-finished project attached to the green. It’s a modified Granny square, with a slightly-open pattern that would be rather inconvenient for a dishrag. So I’ll assume it’s either a hot pad or an afghan square in the making—or that the artist doesn’t know that an open pattern makes for a very inconvenient dishrag.
What does it say about the desk’s owner? They’ve got a nice, muted taste in colors and crochet rather tightly. The edges of the square are curling inwards. And they’ve also been crocheting for quite some time, because the stitches are fairly uniform.
And the whiteboard—it looks like the remains of a to-do list. But what—or who—is Selah? It’s either company who’s fixing to arrive or an event, because it’s something the desk’s owner needs to “get ready” for. And since the rest of the room is a mess, I’d say it’s an event.
So there we have it: this desk belongs to a crocheting bookworm who’s probably a home-loving introvert, because she reminded herself of this “Selah” event twice. And that much about me is true! (And in case you’re wondering, Selah is the name of a small group that meets at my house.)
What does your desk say about you? If you tell me what’s on your desk, I’ll try to make a Sherlock-style deduction about the type of person you are! (Admit it, it’ll be funny to watch me fail.) God bless you, dear reader, and don’t forget to like us on Facebook!
M. J. Piazza is a Jesus-loving, dog-walking country girl who just so happens to write books.