I’ve never really been one for collecting things. I really like stars and star-shapped items, and our living room is somewhat decorated in stars, but I don’t really “collect” them. You know, like those people who you always know what to get them because they have their “thing” – frogs, UT stuff, apples, whatever. I’ve always wanted to be one of those people, but alas I just don’t have a “thing”.
I also thought it would be neat for Michael and me to have something to collect when we travel. But again, I couldn’t come up with anything.
But while working the book fair at school during my practicum this semester I had an epiphany…we could collect children’s books! Meaningful and practical! Now, Michael wasn’t quite as jump-up-and-down excited as me (not that I have a love of books or anything…) but he was willing to go along with it (he’s pretty great about jumping on all my crazy idea trains – wait ’til you hear our next one later this week!).
My reasoning was this: collecting children’s books would help us mark or remember those special trips and occasions, plus we would be building a library for our future kiddos. And I think (hopefully they will too) that it will be neat to read the books to them and tell them “Mommy and Daddy bought this for you when we were in Chicago…long before you were born!”.
Then I bought a Fly Guy book for my last day of my practicum (and was gifted two more by my sweet practicum supervisor)
We bought Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as our “souvenirs” for our Gatlinburg trip (and because I needed them for my book-themed graduation party!)
When we found Larry Gets Lost in Chicago, we knew it was the perfect acquisition to represent that trip
On the inside of the book I’ve been writing when and where we got them (i.e. Chicago trip spring 2012)
So if you too want to collect something and have no idea what, here’s one!
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