I love used book stores. I love old books; the musty but in a good way smell, the way they feel in your hand, the sound of the page turning, the slightly yellowed paper. Can you tell I don't have a K*ndle yet? Well, amongst the crazy throngs of people, the hundreds of vendors, the stacks of shiny new books, kits and plastic manipulatives, at our state homeschool convention you will find a little piece of heaven. It is a small nook. They bring in rugs to lay down on the concrete floors. The shelves are wooden, real wood, not pre-fab. And they must be 8 feet tall. And they make a little room, a little room closed out of the rest of the chaos. And those tall wooden shelves are filled with old books. Out of print treasures and old hardback copies of classics sans dust jackets. It is my favorite stop at the conference. You never know what you might find. And this year, I found a treasure. Well, several really. Fifteen to be exact. Am I the only one who loved these as a child? My parents had a shelf in the den where these books were kept. Many hours were spent sitting on the green shag carpet leafing through these books. The crafts! The stories! The science experiments! I could have kept myself busy all day with one of these books. I made doll house furniture out of found household objects, build little boats to float in the tub, and read about fairies and princesses of long ago. Mom long ago passed our set along to another family. I have a few times looked to replace them, but never wanted to spend too much. Then there they were. And under $50! How could I walk away? So, they are now mine, and I can't wait to find a shelf where they can live, and my children can sneak a moment to sit and devour their contents.
"Behold, the Lord will pass by, and before the Lord, a great and powerful wind will be rending the mountains and shattering the rocks; but the Lord will not be in the wind. After the wind, an earthquake, but the Lord will not be in the earthquake. After the earthquake, there will be a fire, but the Lord will not be in the fire. After the fire, there will be a sound of a gentle breeze, and the Lord will be there."
But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? Bid her therefore that she may help me. And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: But one thing is needful; and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. Luke 10:40-42