Once again, Love leads the way in a week long flurry of ‘Love themed’ posts.
Love leaves a legacy and love leads by example. How so?
So, how… does an old battered book leave a legacy? How does it lead? How is this, Love?
It begins perhaps with where the book came from. And, how and why it has been used over the decades.
Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary
Webster’s was in our family’s little library as I grew up. It came to be a book I considered my very close friend. Webster and I would usually have a quick dialogue just about every day.
I’d turn its see through pages over, wondering what was around the next corner.
Wondering what new word, world, language or bit of history I might learn today. I was excited by the thought of learning ….More.
In my eyes, it was the most beautiful of books. A treasure chest ….. for me.
I have to tell you, it was my father’s special book.
His gilt lettered, leather bound, decades old dictionary.
To be honest, no one else ever got the book out of the library. They left it alone. On the shelf.
The CALL of a Book
But I’d always felt its call to me.
Its age and wisdom seemed to beckon me to come and pick it up! I couldn’t resist. When I’d asked my father, he was more than happy to let me read Webster’s.
It really was a bit advanced for my age at the time.
My father did not say, nor infer that. Ever.
I felt his love and trust each time I opened the pages. He trusted me to treat the parchment fine pages delicately, with care. So I did.
I thought it was pretty wonderful, special. I was a kid, maybe not as rough as some…but still. You know how kids are! Accidents, happen. Luckily, never with Webster’s though.
Legacy of Love
I loved Webster’s while growing up, for all the amazing worlds and the knowledge it provided me.
I love the book now, for the legacy of love my father gifted me with.
And the book, is a symbol.
Asian Influence of Wabi Sabi
There is a subtle hint of wabi sabi beauty in this old torn book.
Worn by time and hands that loved it.
It has none of the glossy table top flash of those ‘pretty’ books.
It has of course something far more powerful and meaningful.