Forces in the universe conspires to make me feel old. I think these forces are collectively called “aging”…or “bitches”; depending on the day and my mood. Sometimes aging sucks. Sometimes it sucks less…. but it always sucks.
In preparing for an upcoming vacation trip, I went to my local branch of the Harper’s Valley Public Library to find a book suitable for vacation reading. In browsing through the online card catalog, I found they had a copy of Bad Monkey, the most recent novel by Carl Hiaasen. Famous for his quirky characters, off-beat plot lines and Florida locations, I first discovered Hiaasen years ago during a Key West vacation. Since then I have read many of his novels and he is always associated in my mind with “vacation”.
The card catalog said they had two copies on the shelf in that branch but I was not able to locate either of them. I sought assistance. After a few minutes, a very pleasant member of the Library staff came back with a copy and handed it to me. I thanked her, checked out the book and ventured back out into the world. Only when I got home did I realize the reason I could not find the book when I looked. It was in the “Large Print” section of the Library.
Well!! A few years ago I swallowed my pride and switched to bifocals so, among other reasons, I could continue to read books with a normal font. What’s next; wearing bifocals and reading with a hand-held magnifying glass? …. having volunteers come to the house to read to me?
All that said, I really like it. It makes reading easier on the eyes. And there is a greater sense of accomplishment in finishing a book because it has more pages.