Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Books! A Whole Bunch of Books.
Books! I won these vintage Scholastic books this afternoon at Ebay. (Yes, kids' lit. again.) All for less than a dollar each and some are copies of stories I too ruthlessly gave away during our last moves. I look at them in that photo and whisper, "What was I thinking?!"
But they're returning home again.
Books like these are my 'meds'-- they calm my head and steady my heart and make me feel 12-years-old, as though I can do anything and have a whole lifetime ahead in which to do it.
You must know what works for you, especially in Today's pretty mean world.
In fact, a couple weeks ago I realized that I simply must stop feeling guilty about the 4 or 5 days each year which I remain in my pajamas and robe. One reason? I've not been sick in 3 1/2 years(!) so I've not had that excuse to spend the day in night clothes. "So it's ok," I assure myself. "If I'm not gonna be sick, then I deserve a few days to appear as though I am."
Heh. As I said, you must know yourself. If you don't, you'll spend your life doing all sorts of things you dislike because other people told you to or caving to the 'tyranny of the oughts and shoulds'. And who wants to spend a bunch of decades living like that?
“Maybe this is why we read, and why in moments of darkness we return to books: to find words for what we already know.”
― Alberto Manguel
“She read all sorts of things: travels, and sermons, and old magazines. Nothing was so dull that she couldn't get through with it. Anything really interesting absorbed her so that she never knew what was going on about her. The little girls to whose houses she went visiting had found this out, and always hid away their story-books when she was expected to tea. If they didn't do this, she was sure to pick one up and plunge in, and then it was no use to call her, or tug at her dress, for she neither saw nor heard anything more, till it was time to go home.”
― Susan Coolidge, What Katy Did
“For one who reads, there is no limit to the number of lives that may be lived, for fiction, biography, and history offer an inexhaustible number of lives in many parts of the world, in all periods of time.”
― Louis L'Amour
Oh! And a very special thanks to 'The Mysterious Susan' (as I'm calling her) who loaned me a delightful kindle book. I'm enjoying it much!