What is WRONG with people????
What the hell do people do to books? Library books to be specific. Is it because they haven’t paid for them so they feel indifferent about how they treat them? Because they haven’t shelled out any of their own precious money they feel it’s alright to deface them???
I am furious!
Dog eared pages, food particles stuck to pages, grease spots and wrinkled chapters obviously subjected to water!
I know I’ve ranted about this before….but it just gets my goat!
My parents taught me at an early age ‘Books are our friends!’ And you don’t treat your friends with such disdain. My mother went even further and told me inanimate objects have feelings. When you turn down the corner of a page in a book to mark your place it causes the book physical pain! “How would you like it if someone turned YOUR ear down and creased it? Can’t you hear it crying?” (looking back, as much as I appreciate the lesson, I think that might have had far more psychological damage than she intended….but I digress…)
I just don’t get it.
I find myself gently smoothing out the creased corners of any book I am reading that has been subjected to this cruelty, and murmuring gentle, consoling words to help ease its pain. (See what I mean about psychological damage…..Husband says it explains so much about me….)
I wish I could wave a magic wand over all the damaged books in the world and fix all their ills. And then with the same wand, wave it over all the cruel and stupid people who inflict their thoughtless dog-earing (and worse) habits on the books and cause them to break out in warts all over their faces while crying out, “A POX UPON YOU!”
THAT would teach them!
Or maybe I should just tell them that inanimate objects have feelings and REALLY screw with their heads!!!!!