Friday, August 21, 2009

My precious treasures

One of my favorite things to do is to organize my things. This is probably one of the reasons I don't mind moving around so much. Today I had the chance to spend the day with one of my favorite things to organize... my books. I have had an odd attachment to my library for years, and it was heart ripping to leave many of my books in Chile. In seminary, I was overjoyed to add volume after volume to my slowly growing collection. It was the one thing I let myself spend money on without feeling guilty. I could buy any book that was required for class. That has now left me with quite a collection of books. I parted with 30 or 40 books. I gave them to good homes. The rest of my library, a good 50 to 60 volumes are now sitting in boxes in my dad's garage. I went through them today, pulling out the ones that I want to read in the next few weeks, and the few that made the semi final cut to my suitcase for Korea. How does one choose from so many treasures? THere are some books that I love deeply (especially my Edersheim) but I know that they are too big and heavy to carry over there with me. And when I am honest with myself, I probably won't use them there over the next year. If I end up in Korea long term, I can send them over. But for now, I tuck them into their boxes for safe keeping. For someone who doesn't have many belongings and seems to be on the less materistic side, I love and treasure my books. They are in many ways, my guilty pleasures.

2 comments:

Denise said...

You and I are definitely kindred spirits when it comes to this. I love organizing and I'm very particular about my books. I just came to the realization last night that I need to add a third big shelf to my room. Basically I think its time to admit I'm willing to sleep in a library.

I'm excited to hear about your time in Korea and keep me posted on what you're reading.

Carolyne said...

If I could design a house, the only room I would really care about would be the library...the old English type with every wall covered with books and some wonderfully comfy leather chairs to read in. Oh and it would have to have a large window to let the light in and to look out onto a garden of course!