A cousin with whom I'd lost touch over the years tracked me down some time ago. Out of the blue I got a phone call from him and we caught up with each other. I hadn't seen him since I was about ten and he was thirteen.
"I remember when you were little, your room looked like a library," he said. "Shelves of books -- and you'd read all of them!"
I looked around at the bookshelves lining my living room and office area and thought of the ones in our bedrooms. Not much has changed.
So when I came across this Web page with pictures of the world's 20 most beautiful libraries, I was intrigued.
One, the library at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland, I've actually stepped foot in. For a whole hour -- all that our tour itinerary allotted us. Ridiculous.
These magnificent libraries are works of architectural and visual art as well as repositories of the world's records. Incredible beauty encasing incredibly ordered words.
Maybe I'll make my own itinerary someday and include these among the stops. I assure you I'll allow more than an hour at each. Care to join me?