Herself: I felt pretty good by NCIS time, but this morning I am slow and achy. Voice half back despite coughing on and off all night. Both G and I were sorry they removed two rich characters from the shows, but we will be glued to our TV for the finale next week.
What I don’t say is…..”Please don’t bring me wet, damp, moldy, bent, broken, or otherwise damaged books you have salvaged from the trash cans along the beach. I appreciate that you don’t want to take your meds, and I appreciate your remembering us as you walk the beach every morning to reclaim your sanity. Please consider taking your book finds elsewhere, thank you.”
Again, “Thanks for the wonderful books,” I say.
What I don’t say, and this applies to my very own books, is….”Deeply dust covered books grow mold. Dust is the perfect home for dampness especially at the beach, and mold just loves dusty damp books. As it grows along the top to the sides, under the covers and along the spine, the book is ruined. We will take these ruined books because we appreciate you, but we can't keep them.”
My recent living room renewal got all the furniture away from the books so they can easily be dusted.
What I don’t say is….”I am very allergic to dust.”
I look forward to seeing the weekend’s book donations. I really do.