It sounded like a good idea. Give away 20 copies of a book you enjoy to people who may not be readers to share the love of books and reading. That sounds nice, easy, all hold-hands and sing Kumba-ya, right? (Now that I think about it, when was the last time, I sang "Kumba-ya"? Where and why did I use to sing it? Was it something we sang in school, or was it a children's choir song? Either way, that was a long time ago. I don't even know if I've ever heard my kids sing it, if they even know it. Hmm, maybe I'll ask them tomorrow, but for now - back to World book Night.)
|My box of books, ready to be shared with the world|
*Personal note here - this was not even an easy decision because I do not like talking to strangers. Believe me when I say I was in heart-thumping panic and a many sided argument with myself as I tried to figure out what to do with this box of books that were now my responsibility. I was very tempted to set them on top of the newspaper box and forget it, but that would be against the "rules" and I knew I'd feel bad for leaving Maya Angelou's beautiful books out there in the damp air.*
Let me tell you how hard it is to give away something for FREE. And a book, no less. Folks look at you like you're some kinda political, religious, philanthropic, scam-running crazed person. A book? For free? Must be up to something. Finally, after about 10 offers, a woman finally took the book with a tentative and skeptical "thanks".
|My official lapel pin (did it make me seem less trustworthy? Not sure)|
The Bible - or Shakespeare - said it is better to give than receive. I know, sometimes we don't believe that or it doesn't exactly feel that way. But when the folks accepted the book from me, I realized that it was true. I don't know what it did for those people, receiving this little surprise on a rainy, cold day, this small token of words, a story. But I know when they accepted it from me, the pleasure was mine.
|My last book.|
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