A LOVE AFFAIR

30 Jun

Some people think that books should have a place, and that that place should be on book shelves all lined up in a row in one room. While, ideally, it would be wonderful to have one room dedicated to all my books, I live in a 1924 Bungalow where rooms that large didn’t herald well for non-Victorians of the day. So, I make do with what I have, books in every room. Every room. Be it in shelves or on tables.

My up-stairs consists of two private rooms, wherein some of my friends enjoy their retreat on the north and south of life. The south room for sleeping, the north for sitting. Most of my older friends live in these rooms. And every day, “….. When of a morning I awaken I cast my eyes about my room to see how fare my beloved treasures, and as I cry cheerily to them, “Good day to you, sweet friends!” how lovingly they beam upon me, and how glad they are that my repose has been unbroken”. *

All my newer friends hang-out down-stairs in the west rooms where the ocean batters the mountain that falls into it, and the salt air is the most pungent. Sea-gulls master the flow of the wind that brings them over for a fly-by every day then returns them to the trawlers full of waiting bounty. And, as Mark Twain would have us do, we’re not afraid, my friends and I, to throw off the bowlines and sail away.

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*Eugene Field (1850–1895) THE LOVE AFFAIRS OF A BIBLIOMANIAC published (posthumously) in 1896 by Scribners

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