The librarians at the branch library near our house keep renewing the Darth Vader chapter book that Jack picked out one day. At night when I was reading to him, he would get bored after about half a page, but for some unknown reason, I would secretly consider reading the rest of the book on my own time. But I didn’t, and when it was time to return the library books, I gathered it up along with everything else. So I was surprised to see it in the basement 5 minutes later, in Jack’s secret hideout. I thought to myself, I need to do something with that book right this instant or it will end up getting lost. Long story short, I keep trying to just pay the library for the damn thing and they keep renewing it and telling me to keep looking. I have looked everywhere.
While this has been going on, I have been reading a book about Mary Magdalene. It isn’t really my style, it reads more like a lecture, with a lot of the authors voice piping in with “I’ll address that in the next chapter” type of comments. And I don’t read a lot of scholarly biblical studies (or any) so there were a lot of concepts that I really sort of glossed over. But the premise of the book was really fascinating, and it presented another way of looking at a lot of Jesus’ teachings that made a lot more sense to me then the way they seem to be presented by mainstream Christianity. It really made sense, except for all the parts that didn’t make any sense at all. When I wasn’t reading it, I would think I should just return it and read something easier, and more my style. But when I was reading it, I couldn’t stop. Soon I was close to the end, and I decided to finish it. Sadly, at some point in time over our trip to Breckenridge, Dave’s* coffee was spilled all over it. I took it into the library to see what to do about it, since the coffee is just sort of on the edge of the pages, and I knew there were a ton of people on the wait list to read this after me. Long story short, I now own it. And I still have yet to settle the score on the Darth Vader book!
I was going to offer it up as the prize for the comment contest, but then I realized I am trying to encourage, rather than discourage comments. Maybe it will be a consolation prize. Who knows!
Have you ever had to buy a library book?
* I don’t blame Dave for the spilled coffee, I just had to mention that it was his coffee because I never put down my coffee until the mug is empty. Camping and library books do not mix, and I told the librarian that for my next vacation I was going to Amazon. She looked impressed until I added the “dot com. I’ll go to amazon.com and buy a book first so I don’t ruin another library book.”)