Sarah Ruth Baker
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Which of my belongings mean the most to me?
This letter opener belonged to my father. He used it to open each and every letter he received, not just the important ones, while I would rush to throw away the junky ones and tear open the ones addressed to me. This small mannerism says big things about father: how he saw potential in all things, even those that appeared to be junk; how he was thorough, and took time to do things properly and elegantly. Even though we don't use letters so much anymore, I keep this on my desk to remind me of my father and his way of being in the world.