Of course, there’s Doc Brown on a hoverboard, and a shout out to Star Wars in the form of my Han Solo bobblehead. Other items include a Leatherface doll, a Terminator skull, and an Alien from Space Invaders.
Sometimes, when I get extremely caught up in my work, the workday enhancers try to freak me out by gathering together and staring at me until I notice them. It’s a nice distraction that allows me to stay sane on busy days.
The item in this photo that’s not like the others is the hourglass in the foreground. However, it’s definitely the most treasured piece in this odd collection.
And the thing is, I didn’t really realize its value until recently when I was training someone at my desk. As I often do over the course of the day, I absentmindedly reached out and flipped over the hourglass as I was explaining something to my coworker.
She interrupted me to ask why I had turned the hourglass. She assumed, since I was training her, that I was timing her performance.
I laughed it off and explained that flipping the hourglass was something I did out of habit just to pass the time. I did it dozens of times a day, often when stuck on a never ending phone call or when dealing with a complicated issue.
Rachel, aka The Girl Who Went Away, put it on my desk back when we were in the old office. We used to keep a few board games on my bookshelf to play on lunch breaks. Rach was fiddling with the hourglass one day and left it on my desk when she finally departed to do some work.
I’m not even sure why she left it, but since it was from her, I kept it there and we both got into the habit of turning it over whenever we were in the office together.
Rachel has been gone for over four years, and I have since moved to a new building, but the hourglass remains in a place of prominence on my desk. And I fiddle with it everyday.
Maybe it’s because I miss Rachel and it reminds me of her. Perhaps it’s some sort of security blanket from a happier time in my life.
Which brings me to tonight’s topic for The Friday Night Think Tank: What odd keepsake do you keep around, and what’s the story behind it?
I look forward to your Deep Thoughts on this one. Don’t worry, I haven’t flipped the hourglass, so you’re not working on a time limit.
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