A Book A Day Keeps The Blues Awayby chubsiewhubsie
January 5, 2009
There is a quote from Christopher Morley that goes, "When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life." That might be well and true but BookCrossing goes one step further!
Recently, I found myself once again at the doctor's office with my 7-year old asthmatic son. It was the Monday after Thanksgiving and that equals *s*i*c*k* kids. The office was brimming with coughing miserable kids and nervous impatient parents. I however had a bag of BookCrossing books with me. I slowly doled a book out here and there. I hid a stack behind a chair leg, I tucked a few under a coat. I slipped some on the book rack like I have done so many times before.
Before long some kids found a new free treasure in the form of a book! Although no kid or parent made mention of the free book sticker on the covers, they were hooked! Moms and children started smiling and reading. We were called soon and after twenty-five minutes in the patient room, we were free to leave. As we were walking out, I in silence popped 3 more books on a chair and much to my delight I spotted nearly every kid flipping through a free BookCrossing book. Maybe there were no new lives being created at the moment as Mr. Morley suggested in the above quote. However I can assure you that cries were quieted, coughs were calmed, parents appeased and love was spread all around!
If you love a book, set it free ~ you might just free a kid of the sick blues.