Dr. Young always said that books were for reading, and if people wanted to keep them pristine and beautiful, they would’ve put them in museums instead of libraries. (from Umbrella Summer by Lisa Graff)
Today I received a birthday package in the mail from Shanna. It contained a beautiful box of chocolates from Boston and a lovely old book of stories for children. The book was once a library book and it is well worn and obviously well loved, just the way a book should be if it’s any good. I don’t trust a book in mint condition if it’s not actually brand new. I expect that in a good book’s lifetime, it will be stained with teardrops and smudged with a bit of chocolate. It should have pages soft from the many turns and its pages should absorb the years. The book Shanna sent is like that. And the first story in it is by the charming A.A. Milne. So you’ll have to excuse me if I don’t have any deep thoughts to share with you tonight–I have some reading to do and some chocolate to eat.