Oct
04

Bookaholics Both

An exciting week. My travelling daughter has returned, proudly boasting her suitcase was well under the limit. I?m not surprised, considering her bedroom carpet has slowly disappeared in the months of her absence as a steady stream of packages, parcels, post packs and boxes arrived home ahead of her full of books. Until… I had to plead, no more. Our house cannot house any more books. Unless…

She said it first, that dreaded word ? Cull.

Followed by grimaces and groans from us both. But it had to be done. And my Sal has grown harsh in her absence. She?wouldn’t?let her mother peruse the piles she set aside for the op shop. ?For your own good,? she admonished.

Yes, I know she?s right. She?s much better at the culling business than I. Then again, she buys more books than me. When she sorts her discards, I gather the little orphans to me and can never help adopting some. In short time, her piles dwindle and my bookcase creaks and cringes housing its newest residents.

This time, weak with the joy of her return, I accepted her decree. Kindly, she set aside a select few she knew I?d appreciate and want, but the rest went into bags without a second look, but several disconcerted walk pasts by me.

But no. They?re gone. And I?ve been brave.

My turn next. As soon as uni ends, I have to sort. My bookcase is now into double stacking and I know it?s time for me to send some less loved out into the world for others to enjoy. Does it make me a bad mother that it?s nearly as hard for me to let go of books, as waving off my tenacious travelling offspring? (Just kidding really. So thrilled to have my gorgeous chick returned to the nest. Until the next time that is.)

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Corinne Fenton

Sounds wonderful to me, Chris. I have one who efficiently culls both treasured (mostly) and text books and the other, who keeps every book and every fluffy toy she’s ever been given!
You sound happy that your girl is home.

October 4, 2011 at 6:44 pm

    christinemareebell

    Hi Corinne

    Thrilled to bits, to hugs in the hallway.

    I also love the book talk, the debates and poetic discussions.

    (As a hoarder from way back I can appreciate “keepers”. Though I have “let go” more in recent years. I have to admit, I do keep old letters and every postcard since I was fifteen. My treasure box is the first thing I’d save, bar my USB [backup] stick. I mean stories do not grow on trees.)

    Best,
    Very happy, smiley, Chris 🙂

    October 4, 2011 at 8:07 pm

Julie Murphy

Interesting post, Chris. I have had two boxes of my daughter’s books on MY bedroom floor for about six months. They have been officially culled from my daughter’s bookshelf…but now I can’t bear to give them up! I think I may be in need of a little coaching. : )

Congratulations on getting your daughter back.

October 11, 2011 at 11:18 am

    christinemareebell

    Hi Julie

    I’ll let you know if I learn some tips. Main one is to have an unrelenting daughter who does not let you “rescue” them, but selects for you. Worked for me this time. (With little choice! 🙂 ) However, have to say, she picked very well. 🙂

    Best, Chris

    October 12, 2011 at 8:23 am

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