A Staggering Discovery

Remember when you were eight years old and digging through a junk drawer in your bedroom only to discover a five dollar bill you’d hidden a few years before?

I just had the book-lover’s equivalent of that.

Kristen (my wife) and I are in the process of getting the house ready for our little daughter.  As we were clearing out rooms and moving furniture and selling odds and ends deemed unnecessary, I came across a bunch of Kristen’s old books from college.  I started looking through them to determine if they will go on a bookshelf or into storage (for I can never sell or toss a book, though I’ve been known to occasionally give them away), and guess what happened?

I found the equivalent of an eight year old’s five dollar bill.

Amongst Kristen’s old books rested a pristine paperback copy of Dave Eggers’ A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius.  It’s one of those books I’ve always wanted to read, but because our funds are limited, always chose something else to buy instead.  Imagine my delight at finding a free book I’ve always wanted hiding away in a drawer!

It made my day.