Sightseeing is Secondary by Tiffany
Recently I was revisiting some of my favorite books and I kept finding random things I had shoved between the pages as a bookmark. Among them were the following:
-A plane ticket to Phoenix
-A brochure for the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C.
-A book jacket from an entirely different book
-A map for various hiking trails in the Grand Canyon
-An actual bookmark (!)
-An expired Disneyland ticket
-A scrap of toilet paper
Just to be clear, I didn’t save these things to specifically use as bookmarks, they’re just the first things my scrabbling hand found that would fit between the pages of a book. (Which sort of puts the toilet paper scrap into a different perspective, doesn’t it?) It was a bizarre feeling to look at some of these scraps and know they each represented a different time in my life when I had packed my bags, bought a ticket, traveled by plane to some revered or celebrated destination, and then plunked down on the first available bench to have a good read.
My photo albums are littered with pictures of me reading where I should be sightseeing. Here I am surrounded by Mickey and Minnie Mouse, reading Little Women. In this one the Grand Canyon provides a breathtaking backdrop to me sitting on a rock with The Last of the Mohicans in my hands. And all the charms of Yellowstone were nothing to Gene Stratton Porter’s Freckles.
I imagine some people would think that reading would be distracting in places like the Grand Canyon or the Smithsonian. I would say that reading doesn’t diminish my experience of life anymore than sharing a bottle of wine with a friend diminishes its flavor. In fact, if the variety of these bookmarks has taught me anything it is that there exists no experience in life that cannot be enhanced with a good book.
Tiffany is a full time reader in Burbank California. She can most frequently be found reading on her porch or snuggling with her dog, Socrates. Visit her blog at anonymousanecdote.blogspot.com.
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