Today is my birthday. I hate to limit my good birthday vibes to just one day so I take the entire month of May. I always buy myself a new book to celebrate my birthday. This used to be common- parents, grandparents and even siblings would buy a book, write a short note on the front page, date and sign it. I'm wondering what happened to this once commonplace practice...
06 May 2009
I find these long-forgotten books in thrift stores, at the local Goodwill, and even at yard sales. I don't get rid of books and I'm a sentimental person so you can imagine how I feel when I see that someone has carelessly discarded a book that was fully intended to be a lifelong gift. Okay, I understand that everyone can't keep everything ever given to them. (Although my mother doesn't understand that and will give me an evil glare if I put anything she's ever given me in a garage sale!) But aren't books still special to you?
I urge all of you to revive this practice and give a younger, or older, member of your circle of family and friends a book- inscribed and signed. Keep in mind that ebooks could work for this as well. Start a new trend...
I'm keeping my fingers crossed that they appreciate it. If nothing else you've introduced a dying tradition that should never be forgotten!