One of the priceless gifts that being a teacher gives you are moments that cannot be planned for, but are oh so treasured when they happen. A former student who is currently in college asked if she could stop by recently and have lunch with me during the school day. Tickled, and eager to hear how her experience in higher academia were going, we set the date.
As she was talking about her classes and all that she was learning, I lost track of time. I’m not sure if she enjoyed it as much as I, but I gobbled up her new found knowledge, conversing about topics such as philosophy, politics and religion. Needless to say, in that moment, she was the teacher as I walked away having learned more than a few things from the discussion.
For me, such conversations and sharing of information are intoxicating as they pique my curiosity as I wish to learn more and more if only I had the time to take the classes she was talking about with such intrigue. To observe someone else light up when they talk about newfound knowledge and an excitement for life is a joy that inspires hope and serves as a reminder that there really is something more to learn no matter what our age.
I suppose the reason I surround myself with endless books begging to be read or finally finished, as well as a long laundry list of publications arriving each month is because I love the euphoria that knowledge cultivates within me. To find answers, to unearth the “why” for life’s infinite questions, is soothing in its own way.
And speaking of books, here are a few that were recently released or will be released soon that you may enjoy as well:
~How to Be a Heroine: Or, What I’ve Learned from Reading too Much by Samantha Ellis
~Better Than Before: Mastering the Habits of Our Everyday Lives by Gretchen Rubin
So lately, and always it seems, my thoughts have been thinking of home libraries and how lovely it would be to have the space and the shelves to have such a room in my home. As sort of a makeshift Decor Inspiration post, at the end of the post there are few images of beautiful interior images offering a variety of ways to decorate with books and inspire a room of reading and curiosity for life’s answers. But before we get to those, what would your ideal home library include? A sofa or an Eames lounge chair? Dark or light walls? Side tables or tufted ottomans? A television or tech free? If we’re dreaming, below is my list of must-haves. Feel free to dream with me in the comments.
- Shelves of books organized by subjects for easy acquisition dependent on my need and mood
- Oodles of windows or at least one large French window as to let in the sunshine and feel the breeze on warm summer days or gaze through and hear the pitter patter of the rain when spring showers fall.
- A sofa with a chaise or an ottoman for cozy comfort
- To clearly designate the purpose of the room, I would prefer it sans television, so as to allow the books and reading material to have my full attention.
- A vase or two for fresh flowers
- A tray or table large enough for a tea setting
- Art that has been gradually but carefully collected from travels