Babies Everywhere

On February 8th, our friends in upstate New York celebrated the first birthday of their son.

On February 8th, our friends who are Claire’s Emergency Backup Parents (guardians), welcomed their niece into the world (in Florida).

On February 10th, another couple (long-time friends who live locally) welcomed their daughter. We met her tonight. She is lovely, all 6 pounds and 13 ounces of her. It’s hard to believe Claire was that small not very long ago! Claire has a new playmate, though it will be a few months before either can appreciate this.

On the subject of babies, and relating to the previous post about breaking addictions since becoming a parent, I’ve released another attachment: to having bookshelves filled to the brim with books. I have two six-foot bookcases — one in the office and one in the living room. The one in the living room I have culled of all but either books I’ve not yet read (about 2 dozen) or books that are reference or have enough illustration to be interesting to little eyes someday. Onto all the other now-empty shelves will go things like the little boom box we use (on an upper shelf), random stuff like pens and paper, bibs, a page-a-day calendar, etc. that will not be able to sit close to the floor when Claire begins reaching and grabbing. We’ll also store some of her toys and books on the lower shelves. All of the culled books (the notches on my belt, you see, of my conquests) will be boxed and stored. I never re-read books. Too many new ones to read! And you know what? I’ll probably forget what’s in the boxes as soon as they are out of sight. What’s important is that I read them at some point.

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5 Comments on “Babies Everywhere”

  1. marta Says:

    Well, I understand, sort of. I’ll never box away my books. I just couldn’t, and to justify this addiction, I say that it will do my son good to grow surrounded by books, that it will make books part of his natural landscape…

    And besides, we live in an apartment–if we boxed them, they’d take up more valuable closet space.

  2. Kathryn Says:

    Oh, you can be assured there are still plenty of books around. Husband has many, and there’s still my other bookcase. I figure the ones I box will come out again someday. 🙂

  3. lkd Says:

    I gave all of my culled books away. After clinging to so many books for so long, years and years, I decided it was time to let go. As with clothing, I used a simple rule to decide what to cull: If I haven’t thought about it or looked for it in at least a year, and it has no sentimental value, consider it culled.

    It was incredibly liberating to give them away. The ones I thought would find good homes, I gave to friends. The rest, I donated to Goodwill.

    The only books I own now are the ones I’ve read and reread, the ones I’ve recommended to friends, the one that would have to be pried from my hands. One small bookshelf of nothing but books of poetry, the other bookshelf a mixture of mostly fiction with a little non-fiction–cookbooks, mostly–.

    The next thing I have to cull is my music collection. I have a mountain of cassette tapes that I haven’t listened to in years. They might all go to Goodwill if I find I don’t have the patience to go through them with the same care and attention I did when culling my books.

    Once you begin to let go of things, it becomes easier and easier. I’ll post one of my very favorite poems by one of my very favorite poets on my blog that speaks to the art of loss–of letting go. The poem is more about letting go of what has been lost, but it’s still about letting go.

    Eventually, someday, we have to let go of it all, don’t we?

  4. donna Says:

    I’m clearing out four more books today….

  5. Melissa Says:

    Many congratulations to go around to all those new babies! Woot Woot!