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Roll Top Desk Stores Memories of My Dad

By Josh Mitchell/Corinth Today News Editor

I thought it had seen its last day, but I did not give up hope.

When I unloaded the roll top desk from the moving truck almost two years ago it fell apart into about five pieces.

I knew it was shaky when I moved it from the St. Louis area to Corinth in 2016.

Josh Mitchell

But I had transported that desk many times in moving trucks.

Once from North Carolina to Mississippi. Another time from Mississippi to Cheyenne, Wyoming.

And then again from Wyoming to Missouri.

And finally from Missouri to Corinth.

Each time it seemed to get a little wobblier, but something kept it held together until we moved to Corinth. It finally fell apart when I was unloading it.

It crossed my mind to put it on the curb and say farewell to the wooden desk that once belonged to my late dad.

But I decided to store it in a shed with hopes of reassembling it and using it again.

After all, it had been in three time zones, and I wrote three manuscripts on that desk.

Most importantly, it held many memories of my dad.

It was the desk he worked from as an employee of DuPont Agricultural Products in Vicksburg. He was not at a desk often though. He was out in the cotton and soybean fields of the Mississippi Delta.

I have now moved to a home surrounded by farmland. Now I’m glad I saved my dad’s old desk even though it’s in numerous pieces.

Surrounded by agriculture, I feel that the desk is back home in a way.

I still have hopes of putting the desk back together. Ironically, the desk has taken on a new meaning now that it is in several pieces.

I remember coming home from school and seeing my dad working at his desk. Little did I know at the time that I would lose my dad in my 20s.

I have many fond memories of my dad, and seeing him at his roll top desk is just one.

I’m glad I have the memories and the desk.


  1. Dan McIntire Dan McIntire July 11, 2017

    I hope you find the time to put it together. There’s probably you tube videos about things in similar states being put together. As it is now its just sentimental value. If you should have something happen to you or die it will be junked. Just get it together, even if its not perfect. Later on someone might have the know how to assemble it correctly. Lots of luck!

  2. Rick Rick July 11, 2017

    Josh. Great narrative. I have good memories of your Dad also. Wonderful you have the desk as a more visual reminder.

  3. Sandy C. Mitchell Sandy C. Mitchell July 12, 2017

    Great story! So glad to have your family in our neighborhood.

  4. Sue Sue July 12, 2017

    I still miss your dad everyday and m so thankful for the many happy memories! Thank you for this one! Mom

  5. Tish Tish July 12, 2017

    I love it. Put it back together and write your Pulitzer Prize winning novel on it!!!

  6. Ronnie Ronnie July 13, 2017

    I met your Dad during my first summer at NC State — working as a field scout in their Pest Management Program . The next summer he hired me as his summer Sales intern with DuPont Ag. That fall DuPont hired me. He was a good friend and mentor to me. I think often of him.
    Great article of remembrance.

  7. Lew Talbert Lew Talbert July 14, 2017

    I still have my mother’s desk. I lost her in my 20’s as well.

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