Monday, September 23, 2013

Smelling Books

Day 19: Sept. 23, 2013

When presented with a gift, or something new, the first thing I do is smell it. I enjoy smelling things. I was leaving the house today and had a whiff of fall.  I'm not sure what that means exactly, just that it smelled good, and I stood there for a second breathing in. Unfortunately for me, at this stage in my life, much of my day I smell poop. Poop in my son's diaper, in the trash can in the bathroom, from our septic tank, which on some days is more pungent than others. The only benefit to this is that once the smell is removed, the relief is tangible.

I like to smell books, however I'm not sure this matters.  I think if I read "I like to smell books" in some one's blog, I would groan, then fake puke and then close the window. Sometimes I'm not in the writing mood, but I've committed to writing so I have to write. O.K., here's something. Today in the grocery store I had the song, "I can't make you love me" running around in my head. Often, when I'm alone in public, I'll sing at the top of my voice. I did that today in the store. Usually, people look at me, then shrug and go about their business. "I can't make you love me" is a good song, but I often confuse the lyrics and sing "You can't make me love you," instead.

As for smelling books, it doesn't matter if they're old or new, or what kind of paper they're made of. I like to put my nose in the binding and breath deeply. The sad part about this is that I now read almost exclusively on a Kindle. The base model that requires light to see it. I read every day now, whereas before the Kindle I read very little. Right now I am reading Jane Eyre. I love this book mostly for the soap opera like plot, but also for the descriptive language. Jane Eyre is an amazing narrator with great story telling skills. Her ten year old self is not only entertaining but relatable, and now that she's an adult, she is very wise. I've read this book a couple of times and I've seen the movie, but somehow I keep coming back to it. For one thing, it guarantees I'll be asleep at night within ten minutes of getting into bed.  And I also find it hilariously funny, which means now you know how weird I am.

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