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Books, knowledge, & wisdom

Yesterday, I read my two-year-old a children’s book about killer whales. I couldn’t help smiling while I read.

As an eighteen-year-old, I’d researched killer whales from islands in British Columbia. As a thirty-eight-year old, I read about them to my own little boy a couple thousand miles away from where I’d once watched in awe as they played.


I was able to read Littler J the book because of bookstore’s going-out-of-business sale. My husband and I picked up two boxes full of delightful reads. We’ll be busy for months, just from those books!

There’s knowledge and (with introspection) wisdom alike to be gained from books; I found bunches of both in another of the books I picked up on Saturday.

When you and I read, listen, and seek information no matter the obstacles, we are mighty.

  1. December 6, 2016 at 5:44 am

    Deborah, I loved reading this. I have family in Vancouver Island, not that I’ve been over there but it could well be near where you were.
    I always love sharing a special part of myself with my kids. It builds such a sense of connection and of course, the idea too is they reciprocate.
    I went to a Christmas night at our local bookshop last Friday night. There was some kind of discount but they gave me a box to put my books in and I’m so used to shopping at op shops that I didn’t think twice about buying them all. I think all the book dust went to my head. Looks like we’ll be eating books for Christmas!
    Sounds like you picked up a great stash of books at a much better price.
    xx Rowena

    • December 6, 2016 at 4:26 pm

      Some of my fondest memories are reading with my own mom, as well as hunting down books at garage sales, bookstores, and comic book shops with her. To have had the kind of bookstore experience I once had with my mom, and then to share that additional layer of happy memory? What a gift!

      (And Li’l D? He couldn’t be more excited to have found so much Magic Treehouse!)

  2. December 6, 2016 at 6:15 am

    I’ve always considered books to be my friends, said like the true introvert that I am! Enjoy your newfound companions. What fun.

    • December 6, 2016 at 4:27 pm

      Hear, hear! I’m delighted to have picked up a few great new books of my own, though I had enough in the queue that I might not get to them until 2019 or so. :p

  3. December 6, 2016 at 6:26 am

    I grew up in Seattle, sailing the Sound and the Straits. The Whales were a part of that experience more than once. I wish I were older and could appreciate how fortunate we were.

    • December 6, 2016 at 4:28 pm

      Perhaps because I had only that one summer, I recall with such wonder each moment I shared with the whales. It pains me each time I read about the threats they face, but I’ll forever be grateful for those moments watching them play and travel together.

  4. December 6, 2016 at 12:30 pm

    Books give me so many things. Comfort, education, escape… I am so very grateful to them.

    • December 6, 2016 at 4:29 pm

      Likewise. While I occasionally enjoy an e-book, none could ever replace the experience of enjoying the weight, smell, and feel of these printed books. All these senses combined take me back in time to happy memories of being transported.

  5. December 6, 2016 at 1:55 pm

    I loved this. Books are friends, in whom you can seek comfort ❤

    • December 6, 2016 at 4:30 pm

      Yes! I’ve bought a lot of distressing non-fiction lately, but this allowed me a chance to return to the much less stressful world of horror novels. (I’m laughing as I type this, but I really do mean it! They’re much less stressful, and I’ve loved reading them since I could first read to myself. :))

      • December 7, 2016 at 4:28 am

        ‘Much less stressful!?’ hahaha, that is certainly a different perspective!

  6. December 6, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    Deborah? Um… How much room do you have for books? Please email me: megret1130@yahoo.com I have several thousand, from children’s books, to all kinds of history, philosophy, “great literature” — fiction, historical fiction, romance…. I’ve never thrown out a book in my life… But they do take up a lot of room (14 floor to ceiling bookcases, plus the ones I keep upstairs.)

    • December 11, 2016 at 8:06 am

      I’ll be emailing you! We don’t have much space now, but we’re planning on getting more shelves and making space for more! Thank you. ♥

      • December 11, 2016 at 11:49 am

        The sooner you tell me what type of books you want, the better. Another book loving friend is moving in a week, and she said she’ll be more than happy to pass her whole collection of kids books on to you — or anyone else who will actually read them with their kids. I can hold them here until you have room for them — assuming you don’t mind that some are “politically incorrect” (like Rudyard Kipling.)

  7. December 7, 2016 at 6:47 am

    I had the best time with some of my Daisy Scouts yesterday. We were sitting on the floor waiting for parents to pick them up. They had made mini pyramids out of paper, as the first graders are doing a unit on ancient Egypt (in first grade….THAT boggles my mind). They were asking such great questions: What’s inside the pyramids? Are they real bodies? Is that a real mummy here downtown or did they just wrap up a clay shape? Did only the “boy kings” get to wear the fancy crowns? All that led to an impromptu lesson supported by pictures from my iPhone. The girls especially loved hearing about Nefertiti, Cleopatra, and Hatshepsut. Girl power!

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