Day 4: I am so grateful for the library.
I have a bit of an obsession when it comes to books. I love them. I crave them. I can’t get enough of them. I want almost any book that I can get my hands on.
Way back in the day when I was a teacher, I loved to go to the Scholastic teacher book sale and fill my cart with dozen’s of 1/2 priced books. HALF PRICED!!!!!!! I have boxes and shelves stuffed full of all sorts of children’s books. I have been able to justify it by thinking that “when I return to teaching…” In all honesty, it is because I relish in the fact that my children can go downstairs and pick out of hundreds of books for our bedtime stories.
My obsession hit the fan when I returned home from my mission. I was surrounded by terribly creative and crafty people that were doing all sorts of amazing things. When I asked where they learned it, they would mention a book that they had read. That is when my love affair with Barnes and Noble began.
I used to spend hours sitting on the floor at Barnes and Noble in between the sections of Crafts and Self Help and look through books imagining the possibilities of the wonderful things that I could create. I don’t think that it is any coincidence that they put those two sections together. I just should have been spending my time reading books from the neighboring section.
So, to date, I have countless books in almost any area that you can think of, crafts, paper design, table top fountain guides, crochet, knit, sewing, painting, clay, children’s literature, Spanish literature, church literature, self help, inspirational, etc. I could go on and on,
This past Summer, with the thought of downsizing, it never occurred to me that I would have to part with some of my treasures. However, upon further review, I looked at what I had collected and realized that I indeed had a situation to be dealt with. I went through the books one by one and decided whether or not I was REALLY going to do that project or whether or not I was REALLY going to read that book for the umpteenth time or whether my daughter would REALLY want to read those vintage Nancy Drew novels. I am proud to say that a good portion of those books made their way to boxes that were to be sold or donated. I am not so proud to say that those boxes are still sitting in my garage as I further contemplate their fate.
But I digress. Somehow in my great search for knowledge of the whatever kind, I completely disregarded the fact that their was the public library. I knew it was there. I used it when I needed to get some sort of reference book or to vote. However, it had never really occurred to me that it was a “try before you buy” type of establishment. HOLY COW! Did that discovery change my life.
Now, let me clarify that this discovery took place a while ago, but what a discovery it was. I now fill my need for inner enlightenment on a weekly basis. I love that I can walk out of that establishment with my head held high, 20 books in tow and not spending a dime…… until I forget to return them and they are a week past due. Oh well. I am trying. I love that I can take my time looking through them in the comfort of my own home on my own time and then decide whether or not I would really ever want to make it part of my permanent collection. 98% of the time, I don’t need it, but I know where I can find it again if I do!
In fact, to illustrate the importance of this in my life, I was going crazy on Tuesday. I had had a long long weekend with sick kids and a three day weekend (they never go well together.) At 2:30, I remembered that I had arranged for a neighbor girl to come watch my kids so that I could go grocery shopping…. ALONE. However, I had already gone to the store and had no errands to run. Yet, the sound of getting away, even to take a nap in the supermarket parking lot, sounding absolutely heavenly. I picked up the sitter, dropped everyone off and headed out not knowing where I was going or what I was going to do.
I am really watching my pennies right now and didn’t want to actually spend money. My car almost steered itself to the parking lot of the library. I spent the entire hour and a half sitting in a little chair, relishing a few minutes of uninterrupted reading. It was heaven.
I love that this little obsession is rubbing off onto the fairy! I catch her almost every night reading by flashlight in her room. Right now, she is entranced in the Ramona series and she is giddy with delight that the next book is waiting for her, with her name on it, reserved at the library!
What a cool system!