On a weekend road trip, far away from home, you stumble upon a garage sale in a neighborhood you’re passing through. Astonished, you find an object among the belongings for sale that you recognize. Tell us about it.
Photographers, share an image that says MEMORY.
“This is my book!”
My best friend would probably just dismiss me easily. “You say that about every book that you like.”
“No. Really! This is my book. See? It has my signature there.”
I show him the page where I placed my full signature and the date I bought the book. I do this with all my books: signature and date on the page of the same number.
“Okay then. How did you lose this one?”
This is the part I hate. It was back in college and it was book report season. Since I passed mine early, other classmates were asking for help. A certain friend asked if she could borrow my books so that she and her friend (or was it friends?) could not miss the deadline.
Without a second thought, I obliged. You always help a friend, right?
Some two semesters, I would regret that decision.
I saw that friend again and asked for my books. I was sure that by then they have finished their reports so the books could now be returned to me. Sadly that wasn’t the case.
Yes, they finished their reports. But the friend’s friend brought the books somewhere else and never returned with it. So she doesn’t have the books anymore. That was the last time I had a real conversation with her. And I believe that was also the last time I lent anyone more than seven books.
Don’t you hate it when you lend something to someone who lends it to someone else and you only learn about it when it never gets returned to you?
Ever since then, I’ve always wondered when I’d get those books back. That was wishful thinking, of course. How likely is it that those books would find their way back to me? Too bad really since those books—though they are still in circulation—are no longer printed with the same cover.
I take out my wallet. I have my ID to prove that I am the owner of that book.
“So would you ‘take it back’?”
Do I want it back?