Donating Books

April 22, 2012

In this downsizing process I’m beginning to feel a bit like “Old Mother Hubbard who went to her cupboard to find her dog a bone.” Yikes, take a look at the bookshelf next to my computer!! It used to be jammed packed with books; cook books, blog info books, research books related to various projects some of which are still unfinished. The place looks abandoned now except for a few odds and ends that still needs to be packed.

What has happened to these books that used to fill those shelves? Some are in boxes and will be taken to the new apartment, while other books, not only those from my study but from the other four bookshelves in other parts of the apartment, have all been boxed up and will be donated to a library with a resale store.

So this weekend we shoved seven boxes into our car, four in the trunk and three in the backseat, and headed out to Long Island where we would not only get rid of the books, but also spend a weekend in R&R.

The season has not yet started in this seaside community but the used bookstore in the Library is open every Saturday year-round. One of the volunteers helped us schlep the boxes into the store. It’s a great little bookstore and I wouldn’t be at all surprised if we were returning books that had previously been purchased here.

After unloading the books we took a drive to one of our favorite locations along the Atlantic coastline where commercial fishermen in the area dock and unload their catch.

It is a peaceful area with marsh and estuaries dotting the bay on one side of a spit of land, with the powerful Atlantic Ocean on the other side.

We sat on the beach for a couple of hours watching the waves. When my husband went for a run on the beach I took out my camera and got some photos of the surfers playing in the waves. I cannot swim and I’m always impressed when I see people gliding atop the water. They look so light and free, like birds riding on a downdraft.

Then while I watched one particularly competent surfer I remembered what a patron in the Library bookstore said to me earlier that morning as we delivered the last box of our precious books. She too had just dropped off a load of books. As we both headed out the door she turned to me and with a big grin, said, “Makes you feel lighter, doesn’t it.”

I had to admit, yep, this downsizing thing was beginning to feel pretty danged good. And that Mother Hubbard thing, that wasn’t a bad thing like ‘there were no bones to feed the dog’ but instead there would now be new bones, new experiences, and new ways of being. It was all going to be good.



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6 Responses to Donating Books

  1. Sharon on April 22, 2012 at 3:24 pm

    Happy to hear that you are getting a little R&R along the way to this new adventure.

  2. vallery feldman on April 24, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Beautiful photos. We spent 2011 cleaning out the house. I now have a few empty shelves. It does feel wonderful. Marc wants to get rid of more stuff, but I think he has his eye on my books and I’ve already given away boxes. Still, I’m my parents’ daughter, so will never be free of wanting things. At least the stuff that survived the cut is wanted. I think I know every thrift store, donation place in the Bay Area.

  3. vallery feldman on April 24, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    My latest project: In 2011 I sorted through thousands of family slides and tossed quite a lot. This year I’m scanning the remainders with the intention of making a DVD for my brother and his sons. I’m doing my own scanning so I can do another sort – and when everything is scanned, then I’ll fix them up. it’s a fascinating process. it’s also very emotional. My parents look so young. Then there are all the hair styles and clothing style. Some I probably should not memorialize. I thought I would have it done by last Dec. This coming Dec. is more like it.

  4. thelma straw on April 27, 2012 at 9:28 am

    Lovely photo of the surfer and that water… tstraw

  5. Chloe C on May 13, 2012 at 1:05 pm

    The books! I was able to let go of more than half of mine this time because so much of the reference information is online now. I had a whole children’s library that I gave to my middle daughter, and let friends take what they wanted.
    There will be less to carry up and down the stairs!

  6. Chloe C on May 13, 2012 at 1:06 pm

    and so good of you to be sharing as you go on your blog, I have neglected mine.

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