Things Left Behind
April 01, 2013
About a month ago, while I was still very new to the Library, I started to notice all of the things that people happen to leave in books. I became fascinated by all of the little things that were being accidentally delivered to me. So, for the last 30 days, I decided to keep track of everything I found inside of the books as they made their way back to the Library.
The first thing I found was an invitation to an 11-year old's birthday party. It was on pretty pink stationary. I would like the think that I really might have been invited, and even though we have probably never met, Adrianna is disappointed that I didn't make it.
It never occurred to me that people would use personal correspondence as a bookmark, though I often find myself using all kinds of things on the fly when I need to put my book down. However, it seems that it is quite popular to use little notes and letters as a way to keep your place. Like the note I found that was clearly being passed around in some young man's English class. Young Justin, whoever he might be, is in a world of tangled love and drama that his friend clearly does not understand. I feel for him as those teenage years can be cruel. Good luck, Justin.
Some of my favorite things I found were things I didn't understand. There was the torn out calendar page with facts about the Simpson's on it. That made me laugh. Then there was the little fake newspaper with a birthday announcement for Lorne Greene from the show Bonanza! But strangest by far was the list of something that appears to be in French with a little notation at the bottom "code name: Operation Spring Breeze." Very mysterious. Perhaps, I have stumbled upon a bit of espionage. I dare not utter those words under a street lamp to anyone in a trench coat and hat.
The things I found were so much fun. I could make a little story to go with each one. It was like finding treasure all month long. It makes me wonder what the next 30 days will bring. Thank you to everyone that left things behind.