Cleaning Out the Bookcase

We’re having a 25-person dinner here this week so I decided a month ago that I’d better fix the place up, since the living room has remained untouched since 1989. I mean we clean and all, and I guess we’ve re-covered a sofa or two, but still: there was a real time-capsule in the room and that time-capsule was:

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For behind the many books, which I have taken out one by one, and dusted and recategorized, I found many a vintage item:

  • There was an ornament imprinted “Baby’s First Christmas, 1976”.

  • There was two of the primitive musical instrument known as the recorder, often offered to school kids for their first attempt at music-making. I remember begging my kids to practice on this fiendish stick and then having to stifle a scream as they began doing it. Even today when I picked it up and played “Cotton-Eyed Joe” on it, I feel a jolt of electrical current worming up my spine.

  • There was a video on the workings of the lower torso dating from my two year study of Anatomy.

  • And finally there was a wee piece of paper that fluttered down as I removed the books. It was clearly written on a typewriter and it appears to date back far further in time than 1989. Its message:  “I wish to borrow this book and will return it in one week.”

And here they all are, together.

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And here is the Pelvis, for your pleasure. Oh and an old timetable, also found…

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But where are the children who played these recorders? Where is that baby from the Bicentennial? And now that I think of it, reminded by this wee strip of paper, where in tarnation is my copy of Tina Fey’s Bossy Pants  that I lent to I’m-not-sure-who 18 months and have not seen since?

So much is lost along the way – sigh. Later today, I’ll be putting the room back together but for now I think I’ll comfort myself with watching my nice video. (Look at the lurid picture on the front! Love it! Half a pelvis is bette than none I always say. ;-))

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