Weekly Photo Challenge: Thankful
Yes! I am thankful for having books around me! They are in every room of our home. Their presence, their variety of shapes, sizes and colors, is of great comfort to me. I enjoy seeing them on the bookshelves and on the tables. They are like friends.
I love holding in my hands a traditionally published book, enjoying the texture of its pages and even its subtle smell. There is some intimacy, both sensual and intellectual, in reading such a book.
I simply love the companionship of books and can hardly imagine life without them. Linda Pastan expressed that feeling perfectly in her poem The Bookstall, which ends with the lines:
And I hold them, one in each hand,
a curious ballast weighting me
here to the earth.
So I am thankful for the writers who write books, the publishers who bring them to life, and the libraries and bookstores that make them visible and available.
When I deal with a difficult personal issue and need some help, I often end up in a bookstore and wander a bit aimlessly among the bookshelves. Soon enough, somehow I end up with a book that becomes another helpful friend – a new addition to my book collection.
Thanks to books I was able to travel through difficult times in my life with their guidance, information, and inspiration. In fact, I was so inspired by them that I became a writer myself.
P.S. Last December I wrote a post to this blog titled The Power of Books. I hope you will enjoy reading (or rereading) it.
* * *
If you enjoy this blog, please subscribe to it. Thank you!
* * *
Text and photos copyright © 2012 by Alicja Mann.Explore posts in the same categories: Feelings, Opinions, Photo essays, Photography, Thoughts comment below, or link to this permanent URL from your own site.