I have always enjoyed reading ever since childhood and it has been a fixture in my life for decades. Going to the public library, reading books for school, bookstores, etc. were of such interest to me. I’m even one of those people who smells a new book- yes I still do that! 👃🏻📚I couldn’t wait to introduce books to my kids and so hoped they would love them as much as I do. As they have gotten older, it has been challenging but interesting seeing what topics they select.
Every time one of them brings home a book from their school library, I inspect it. I read the title, author, book flap, introduction ( if there is one), and the author’s bio. As I was reading about this author of a book my son brought home a few years ago, I noticed where he was from– Crawfordsville, Indiana. Of course years ago this town would mean nothing to me but now it held my attention longer than I thought it would.
Reading that today, am sure I would laugh or smile but not then. Of all the towns in the state of Indiana, I read this one so soon after Warrior’s passing. I had done this for years with the kids books and it still strikes me today. That town isn’t a big name and I would never think twice about it — except for someone who WAS a big name and it being his hometown.
He always read such important stuff that I will never likely read but guess we have a love of books in common. An ironic story is at around this time I was actually going to the library and followed a car with Indiana plates. It eventually went in the opposite direction but was reminded of Warrior’s love for libraries as I drove behind that car. I saw Indiana plates quite often and more than our other border states in the few months after he passed. Being in Ohio, this could be very common but I noticed all the time…..
His home state, daughter’s name, and a library all rolled into one day. So many days did I have like that and sometimes still do. Books will continue being a passion of mine as am sure the inspection of the kids selections will continue also. Ohio or Indiana– it doesn’t matter since us mid-westerners and our love of books always remains even in an author’s bio.
P.S. ( or should I say footnote!) On our vacation in 2016 to South Dakota, my daughter found an Indiana state quarter. I have kept it…