For Grandmarcy

I’ve enjoyed looking at these pictures of the girls so much I haven’t wanted to write a new post! Well, that and life is happening so fast again I am too overwhelmed to form much of a coherent thought much less write one out.

I had an epiphany at the library yesterday that I have to write about, though, coherent or not. It is going to seem apodictic to the rest of you I’m sure, but for me it was a huge revelation because, you see, I finally got it. I don’t know how it took me 37 years to figure this out, especially coming from a library-lovin’ book-totin’ family like mine, but folks I kid you not that up until yesterday I did not understand how cool libraries are. I mean, did you know that you can find books there? And take them home for free? That if you don’t like them you can return them and get different ones?

It sounds crazy I know. Crazier still if you understand that I have spent a fair amount of time in libraries, especially the big research variety. But to go to a library and look for a book to read just for pleasure? I haven’t done that since I was a kid. Seriously. Not since I was a kid. I’ve found homeschooling books and books about parenting, and religion and travel and of course all the art and design books I’ve brought home from the library at the Art Institute and countless children’s books, but in all those years and all those books, not a single one of them was a story of fiction that I could curl up with and get lost in just for me. And yesterday, as I stood in front of the “New Fiction” shelves and resolved to find a book to read for fun, I felt exactly the way I did when I was a kid standing in a candy store. And hey, if it took me until 37 to have that singular experience? Well, I’m just glad that I finally got to have it. My librarian grandmother would be so proud! (Actually, she would probably be horrified that it took me so long, but I’m going to pretend like she would be proud anyway.)

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~ by jenzai on February 10, 2009.

12 Responses to “For Grandmarcy”

  1. o! patient revelation
    always there waiting
    for us to get it

  2. Hello, I found your blog through One World One Heart. I’m not entering your lovely draw as I am trying to sort out my stuff and am trying not so add more goodies to the pile but I just wanted to say Hi and that libraries are so cool it is off the scale. Take care

  3. You make me laugh. And grab my dictionary for apodictic. (thank you) And it’s funny how we get these revelations. It’s like we’ve been so trained to run in labyrinths, to follow rules that no longer even stand that when we understand we can just go somewhere we want to, directly, we stand there stunned for a minute. I finally realized I didn’t have to finish every book I start, that the writer’s obligation is to keep me hooked, and the obligation doesn’t go so much the other way — but I can remember hating how I could see the awful way some Arthurian book was going to end as a kid and wanting to walk away from it and my mother lecturing me that I couldn’t, because life was like that (didn’t even know I remembered that until you made me think of it!) So now I am completely undisciplined and feel free to read whatever I like whenever I happen to be in the mood for it, and have books I am halfway through I may never pick up again and it looks awful on goodreads, my “currently reading” list an impossible one, but there it is. And really, what I am dying to ask you, is, so what are you reading?

  4. Aw, I was gonna say “you had me at apodictic” but Mara beat me to it. And YES what did you pick?!? Not that you necessarily have to finish it!

    Free to be…you and me….

  5. Okay, books have been duly added to Goodreads. I think you’ll see why they jumped out to me. I’m so totally out of the loop on this – I didn’t have a clue who or what to look for. But The Amnesiac seemed like a good follow up to Man Walks into a Room (which I really want to talk about!), and then The Story of a Marriage, well, enough said! I also found the best illustrated children’s book I’ve seen in years. You HAVE to go and get Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears by Emily Gravett. It’s wonderful!

  6. ….and when you think YOUR library isn’t meeting your needs anymore (aka you’ve read ALL the good books there) jump out and experience the too-good-to-be-true INTERLIBRARY loan!! I am such a book freak…….especially artsy/craftsy/learn new hobbies kind……but my tastes (champagne) and my budget (tap water) don’t allow for fulfillment of my book consuming nature. Ta-Da…..enter in the interlibrary loan magic. You can’t imagine how many books I have rec’d and enjoyed in the last year!! Just trying to be a good enabler!! LOL So glad you’ve jumped the track and are choosing your own path!!

  7. You know what I recently discovered (and love) about libraries…you can check out cds three too. Talk about the ultimate try before you buy…what’s all the fuss about…a little pick up to your itunes library!

  8. I have to admit, my first thought was “Shame on you!” – not for being a bad non-library-using person but for DENYING yourself the vast pleasures of free books all of this time!
    I honestly don’t know how I would have made it through my life without them – me with my same tap water budget. I think we need a whole ‘nother set of blogs to share what we are reading. Hmmmm . . .
    Anyway, I’m sure Grandmarcy would be proud. An almost-birthday present for her!

  9. OMG BTW ILL? is a terrible gateway drug.

  10. Yea for taking time for yourself! Now to find time to read it…

  11. As a library employee, all I have to say is yay!! Pick up their calendar and I bet you’ll see more stuff to tickle that fancy. My library does an independant film festival. You just never know!

  12. This was a real inspiration to me. When I was growing up as an Air Force brat, we relied exclusively on base libraries (except for the set of Great Books that traveled with us). I still remember the one where my dad worked in Taiwan, where I discovered Enid Blyton (best children’s adventure books ever) and science fiction. Today, I just buy what I want when I have the cash, and then have to pay for the bookcases to hold them. So I’m thinking now that it’s time to get acquainted with the local library as part of cardiac rehab in the Spring; walking to the branch in McKinney’s historic district will be good for heart, mind, and body. Thanks for a great post!

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