We collect books. Not fancy books or old books or cookbooks or some other special type of books. Just books. A lot of them.
Among the challenges of keeping a lot of books in a small apartment is
having shelves to house them. Thus, today was a shelf-finding day, a
day on which to find shelves sturdy enough to hold the books, but
affordable enough not to make us want to throw the books out the window.
Success was not to be. You see, the intersection of sturdy and
affordable is a tiny one, and is not an intersection we encountered in
our travels today. Our overflow books will remain in piles and boxes for a little
longer. But the endeavor was far from a complete failure. It began with
hope and teamwork. Along the way, it included discussions of dimensions
and spaces and types of wood. And it ended with the meeting of other household
needs--needs revealed only in the process of stepping back to try to
meet the bookshelf need.
Accomplishing anything often takes more than just following a straight
path. But when we embrace the twists and turns, we discover that the
journey was about more than just the straight path anyway. Which means
we would miss out on a lot if we just shelved it.