At least once a year, or sometimes every few months, I clean off the shelves and the books are donated to the little library we have in our building. On the last go round, close to 100 books left the house. At the time, it was liberating. We had room for new books and the ones that made the cut were now better organized. I was pleased.
Now, we come to yesterday. I got up early to go swimming with a friend and per our routine, we swim a mile and then go for coffee and scones. Yes, I know the scones defeat the purpose of the swim but it’s what we do. Anyway, I ordered a large coffee and decided that since I had a lot planned for the afternoon, caffeine would be a good thing.
Here’s where my thinking went awry. Hyped up on caffeine, I thought “Oh, I need to find my copy of Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell for the read along.” I begin looking and then begin panicking. I couldn’t find it. Poor husband gets drug out of another room to help me in my now frantic search. I explain in what I think is a rather calm state that I’m missing a book and I must have it. He looks at me and says, “How much coffee did you drink this morning?”
Obviously, he missed the point of my panic induced state.
“What’s so important about this book?” he asks.
“I need it,” I say.
“No, I just need it. Just find it! I didn’t give it away did I? I wouldn’t have done that would I?” I say in what I’m sure now was an increasingly loud, and probably shrill, voice.
“It’s a big book, greenish cover with a tree on it right?”
“Yes,” I say. And I should note that I was personally astounded he knew that because as far as I know, he’s never read this book.
“Ok, here ya go,” and he hands me the book. “Please don’t drink this much coffee ever again.”
I’m pretty sure I hugged the book and not my husband but he was the one that deserved the hug.
Happy Sunday! I have to go see if I can find a channel that doesn’t have pre-game coverage of the Superbowl. I feel the need to watch some TV in a nice comfy bed. Enjoy your reading today.
5 thoughts on “The Sunday Salon – Panic over a book, or a cautionary tale of overloaded bookshelves”
Haha – funny story! I get like that sometimes. I just need that book! And I end up digging my entire bookcase out only to find it downstairs right in front of my nose.
He found it a shelf I could have sworn I checked too! I will be staying away from the coffee for a few days though.
Thanks for the laugh! Great story…..
Hahahaha. I hate the feeling of having lost a book that I KNOW IS AROUND SOMEWHERE — and to my sorrow, it often ends up being the case that I really have culled it. It’s perilous for me to be so cull-happy!