Wednesday, 17 August 2011

If you love them, let them go

If you enjoy children’s books you will love this post by ‘Nobody Jones’ at  Did you ever stop and forget to start again?  I urge you to visit and read it in its entirety. You will be glad you did! 

Space, place, shelf; all of these get too tight, too full, too crammed left-right-and-up-side-down with books. You lose titles in the madness, the glorious madness of titles that say nothing to the stranger but say everything to you; the title which made you realise you could love somebody, the title which made you weep, the title which you read curled tiny-small underneath the duvet clutching a torch and praying that your parents wouldn’t discover you were still awake.

But sometimes you have to let them go.

You realise that it’s not the book, it’s the memory.

And then, maybe fifteen or twenty years later, there’s that wonderful moment where you stop and you look and you see the photograph of your bookcase as a child and you see the title, you see the spine of a Follyfoot or the edge of a Bunty and you know. You want these books back in your life.

And you know what? You’re going to get them back.

You know what ‘Nobody Jones’ I think you and I are kindred spirits! 

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