This is a quote from a letter written by Thomas Jefferson to John Adams, June 10, 1815 . I think maybe "she's" a relative of his. Yep, you read that correctly, no need to read it again.
How is it that "she" could be related to Thomas Jefferson!?!?? "She" most definitely has a thing for books. However, unlike Mr. Jefferson, I'm not even sure "she" reads any of them.
Upon inspection today, I discovered that there no where a book does not belong. Okay, so I'm here and I'm telling you, "she" has books. LOTS of books. TONS and TONS of books. Maybe I should start a library for "her".
When "she" went to Washington DC, a trip was made to Monticello - Thomas Jefferson's home. It is written that he had so many books anyone entering the library had to follow paths made among the stacks and stacks of books. Tall stacks! During his lifetime he owned between 9,000 and 10,000 volumes of books.
Well wouldn't you know it, "she" came back home feeling so much better about the number of books "she" had. Well isn't that just lovely, thank you Ms. Tourguide for that bit of information! Hope she makes a career out of being a tourguide, because I'm telling you AA would never take her with that kind of helpfulness...
I reminded "her" that Thomas Jefferson's books ended up in the National Archives and are an important part of history and record. Somehow I doubt that the books found in "her" possession will make it to anywhere important. Unless of course it is decided we cannot afford cat litter any longer and then they will indeed make an important contribution.
So just how many books does "she" have? In "her" office I counted 359.
And in "her" studio I counted 223. Thats 582 books!
FIVE HUNDRED EIGHTY TWO?!?!
This does NOT include the multitude of magazines or the binders containing a bazillion pages from magazines. Nor does it include books in any other part of the house.
I didn't include those because I'm not sure I can count that high. It's not that I don't have the know how to count that high, it's simply self preservation - by the time I finished counting the books I mentioned, I was worn out. Good thing, once opened, they make nice lounging spots. I'd have never made it to my bed....I was exhausted!
I wonder if "she" realizes that books can be read or if "she" thinks they just look good sitting on shelves????
So, how many books do YOU have?