We felt a little deflated when my sister left Sunday. Because of the time her plane left, we happened to be at the airport around the time S. usually takes her nap, and we knew that by the time we got home, we would have missed the best napping opportunity. Since we happened to be pretty near our favorite used bookstore...
We shopped for a while, and I found some amazing bargains on the children's clearance shelves. Then Dana came over, grinning, carrying a huge burgundy-jacketed tome. It was -- I kid you not -- Jane Austen's complete works, all six of her completed novels in one huge volume with gold-edged pages, an edition printed a few years ago in England. And the asking price was under 10 dollars! The dust jacket was a bit beat up, but the book itself was in excellent shape and the sweet girl immediately noticed and marvelled over the gilt edges.
"Happy Early Birthday!" my husband said to me. And who could resist it? Not I. Granted I can barely lift the book, so it's hard to imagine ever finding a way to comfortably read it (stretched out on my belly, perhaps, with the book laid flat in front of me on the floor?) but it's really kind of amazing to have so much richness between the covers of one book. And I suppose if I'm ever packing for a desert island or a spaceship flight, it will come in mighty handy.
My sister also delivered a lovely late Christmas present to me when she was here. She'd actually bought it for me in time for Christmas and then forgot to mail it. I loved the timing though. It's the 2007 Jane Austen desk calendar put out by the Jane Austen Society of North America. Chock full of beautifully patterned papers and quotes from Austen's novels. I'm sensing a theme here!
So, let's see...I could actually schedule a trip to a desert island (in my Jane Austen calendar) and then pack my complete novels of Jane Austen to take with me. A "happy thought indeed!"