The other day my college-aged daughter posted this image in our family texting group:
The caption above the photo reads: It's a book!
My daughters exchanged jokes about my propensity to give books, and yeah, so far the only packages under our tree are books.
After finals week, my college senior will savor that new thriller like comfort food for an overworked brain. I'm also giving her the cookbook that contains her favorite pecan pie recipe now that she's just a few months from moving into her first apartment. The book of dinosaur art will be a reminder of her passionate younger self - and I'm sure she'll share it with her own family someday.
My 18 year old doesn't have time to read the books I've chosen for her, not with the relentless pace of IB papers and projects, and all that college application stuff. *nerves* Yet someday that clever photography book might inspire one of her own projects. Or maybe she'll open one of the books someday just to see my handwriting again.
Books have long lives, connecting us in an ongoing conversation with authors and so many varied readers throughout time. I like to think that my daughters will remember me through books - not so much because I write books, but because I passionately love reading them.
So my gift to you? Books, of course! You can win a $25 gift certificate to your favorite place to shop for books. Just leave a comment below. I will announce the winner in my January 10th post!