Books and Hurricanes

Sunday, January 31, 2010 at 10:46 am

When I decided to leave police work and get my master’s in English, I never dreamed I would have to read so much. Of course, most all of the books we studied were the classics written by authors such as Shakespeare, Plato, Steinbeck, Fitzgerald, Faulkner, Hemingway, Melville, just to name a few. I fell in love with their words and ways, absorbed every metaphor and trope they used…I treasured every paperback and kept them all, lined and stacked them on the bookshelves of my home to reread someday and share with my boys when they were older. But the winds blew. Hurricane Ivan flooded our home and along with everything else, destroyed every book I ever owned. I say that, never having seen one cover or one page – the books just melted into the bay water that took memories and mementos. In the years since, I’ve tried to rebuild that collection, and although we lost most everything we owned, it’s the books and pictures that I long for the most.

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