Do you remember the author Yann Martel and his mission to gift the Prime Minister of Canada with a new novel to read every two weeks while in office? I look forward to find what the next selection is as well as Mr. Martel's inspiring letters that accompany the books. This week he sent Meditations by the philosopher-king Marcus Aurelius. I was intrigued and wanted to read this book by the Stoic who ruled Rome in A.D. 161 and wrote things like, “Soon you will have forgotten the world, and soon the world will have forgotten you.”
I went to my county library web search immediately and found the system had one copy. I clicked the 'hold' button and was incredibly amused by the irony when the screen read, "LOST". Poor Marcus, he was right after all. Bless his heart.
I am reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee with my book club and have rediscovered the 7th grader I was when I first read this novel. She liked to circle the words she didn't know and define them in the margins. She wrote, "this is a good book" on the Part Two page. She learned that year the meanest girls are, through tyranny, the most popular and the teacher is not always right. This copy is dated 1960, so I assume it came from the dusty box of books in my Grandma's basement. I guess some of my aunts must have read this particular copy.
I may very well be forgotten by the world, but that matters little when I discover the precious treasure of remembering myself. Seems Boo Radley left more in that tree knot than I first understood.