Monday, July 26, 2010

Which is It?

<-- This is but one wall of my apartment.
I have several others. They are all lined with books, one way or another.
And not only this -- but the books that are there are
SELECT.
As I once described the "saved" when I was a Christian -- these are
"of the elect".
I have no qualms with donating books that I did not really enjoy. Over the past ten years, I would estimate that I have given away
twice the amount of books that are seen against this one wall I have shown you.
These that remain are a part of the irreducible best aspects of who I am… who I have
become, largely as a result of reading them.
I cannot imagine life without them.
There are times in the middle of the night when I awaken as though one was beckoning --- and sure enough, I get out of bed, click on the light, reach out -- and one of them tell me why sleeping was an inferior idea at that particular moment.

<-- This is my new car. A Mazda 3.
I know. It's sexy, am I right? I LOVE it.
I probably shouldn't say this, but I actually have
HAD sex with the thing!
I paid over $22,000 for it one day, just over a month ago now. CASH. No payments. I own this car, flat out!
I've only put about 1,000 kilometres on it.
[I think I
WALKED further than that at work today!]
Now -- here is the thing, my friends... my Bookloving friends.
If someone were to say to me right now --
"You've got three seconds to answer this question -- Your books or your car -- one of them's gotta go. Which is it?"

One…….
Two…….
Two and a half……..
[There's me, at 3 a.m., thumbing through one of these beauties -- wondering how in the hell I'm going to get to work tomorrow…..]

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5 comments:

rhapsodyinbooks said...

If you get rid of the books, you'd still have the car to go out and get MORE books. On the other hand, who would want a car that someone had sex with? eueueueu

Stefanie said...

How you do make me laugh. I knew you'd choose the books. That's a no brainer. :)

Isabella said...

That's a ridiculous question. I can't believe it -- you could've had $22,000 worth of books and you passed up the chance!!

(How many of your books have you had sex with?)

Anonymous said...

The car goes, no question.
C.

Michele at Reader's Respite said...

No question...as cool as the car is, it would have to go before the books. I keep only books that are meaningful to me, as well. I can't imagine my life without them...they define who I am.

I think yours look gorgeous!