I would like to describe one very useful piece of furniture which is the bookcase in my study. This is one of the oldest objects we have in my family as it really dates back to 50 years ago when my grandfather had this furniture made when he graduated college and became a teacher in a middle school. It is made of wood, with elaborately carved doors in the pattern of peony flowers meaning prosperity. It was painted dark red, the traditional color in Vietnam. It is not so big but still enough for me to store my books, with a width of 3 meters and a height of 2.2 meters.
Fifty years as it is, it is still very strong and useful. It was one of the very old, expensive but useful items of the family. It has been passed on from generation to generation. Now I am its new owner.
This bookcase has six shelves, in which we keep a large collection of books and periodicals from in and outside Vietnam. On the top shelf, we usually keep the most important books such as reference materials, dictionaries and course books for my study; the second and third shelves are reserved for my interesting collection of souvenirs from different places I've visited, such as a bamboo root carving in the shape of a pretty girl's face with long hair from the capital of Vietnam; a mini pottery vase from Binh Duong, the home of pottery. On the bottom shelves, I keep a collection of my favorite albums as well as some of the picture books I read when I was young
Although we have moved many times since the bookcase was made, we never gave it up, because we regard it as one important part of the home. Also, this bookcase reminds us of the diligence and hard work that my grandfather showed when he pursued his education in very difficult times. It can definitely give me inspiration and encouragement whenever I have difficulties. As a matter of fact, it accompanied me when I went through the challenging tasks of study and exams as well as the National College Entrance Exams last year.