A friend of mine, Alexandra, had a birthday the other day and whilst brainstorming gift ideas, another mutual friend, Andrea, suggested I give the birthday girl a copy of my favourite book. (I'm mentioning their names because they'll be forced to read this post. Hi guys !)
Great idea, I thought. My favourite book is The Quincunx which was given to me by special friends, Nadine and Joris, in Belgium when we lived there for a couple of years (hey, jullie daar in Leuven! Gaat het goed bij Yenn?).
Anyway, I decided that I'd actually give Alexandra my copy - the exact one that had a special place in my heart - with dog ears, coffee stains included. After all, a well-thumbed book with its own story is more interesting than one that sits in perfection in the book shop.
I thought it'd be great to personalise The Quincunx by decorating the first few pages, and painting the letters of Alexandra's name on random pages throughout the book. The result was stunning - despite the fact that I am not actually artistic. Alexandra loved the book and its personalised artwork, and we decided that once she had read it, she would pay it forward and also paint the recipient's name in the book.
In fact, it's just occurred to me, Alex, that if everyone who receives and reads the book writes their name and email address on the inside front cover - perhaps we'll get to see it again and get in touch with all the recipients who could be spread out all around the world! What d'ya think ? We could get together, have coffee, talk about women's issues, raise money for charity, discuss the film rights... Ok, ok. I think I'm getting ahead of myself. But we could start a whole new networking group with just one book!
It just goes to show that 'new isn't necessarily nicer' and by recycling gifts, we can pass on happy memories and loving energy. And Mother Nature too will be smiling.
Damn. I was supposed to subtly mention Buzzcloths in this post. Oh well. Next time.
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