Like messages in a bottle, only slips of spirits past tucked away in books
One of the many treats of collecting old books is that they sometimes contain pleasant surprises in between the pages. The above 1930s advertising card is was likely a bookmark used by the original owner.
I can't read German, but seeking and keeping a four leaf clover for good luck seems to be universal. Usually I find pressed antique flowers so this was a first.
My oldest books, in particular those of a spiritual nature from Victorian Era, offer me comfort during difficult times. Some years ago I was devastated after one of my guinea pigs passed away due to complications from his bladder stone surgery. My tears kept escaping despite me trying to keep a "stiff upper lip." Then I saw an old hankie between the pages with the initial "A" on it. I got a chill and a thrill all at once. Supernatural comfort from beyond!
The above post-it is was inside a 1977 copy of "The Big Book" by Alcoholics Anonymous I had picked up at a yard sale. As I shared on Instagram today, I was very moved when I first saw it and still am. There are so many warriors out there gracefully waging an invisible war against alcoholism. Too many don't make it. Sobriety is a beautiful silent victory yet its positive effects touch so many.
Last evening I celebrated the sobriety anniversary of a close friend which got me thinking about this post-it and the other little pieces of sentimentality that still have the power to heal today. (But when I got home I returned to RECIPEGATE?! Scroll to the comments if interested. Skip if you hate drama like I do.)
Have you ever found anything unexpected inside an old book?