So last week, I told you how much I loved to read as a kid, & how Madame Mommy Dearest would bring Nancy Drew books home for me from her junior high library when I was in only 3rd or 4th grade when my school librarian refused to let me check them out of her library on my own. (I even remember which Nancy Drew book I desperately wanted to check out that day…Mystery of Crocodile Island.)
From that point on, I desperately wanted to own the entire Nancy Drew collection. I couldn’t wait until MMD retired so I could have the collection from her library. (For the record, they were old; really early versions that had been through the wringer. By the time she retired, students weren’t reading Nancy Drew anymore :May37 & she’d already begun weeding/updating the collection, so I knew she would be discarding them & bringing them home to me! :may35 )
Well, she didn’t bring them home to me. Oh, she discarded them from the collection, all right, but she gave them to another teacher for her niece. She claims she didn’t know I wanted them. I say she wasn’t listening very closely. :may8
So ever since then, there’s been a bit of a hole in my heart where my Nancy Drew books should have been. :may38
And then, last week, a miracle occurred! :may223
I walked into a local Goodwill store & an entire shelf was filled with Nancy Drew books. I was so excited, I nearly yipped & did a little dance as I loaded them into my cart. :may14
Oh, I won’t delude myself into believe it’s a complete collection, but there were 43 of them there & I bought every one! They’re in really good shape, too. I expected them to be ex-library copies or previously owned by some kid who felt the need to write her name in every one like I used to do. :may19 But instead, they’re almost perfect. And instead of sharing the exact same binding/cover art the way the ones in MMD‘s library did (seriously, they were all this salmon pink with the exact same picture on the front instead of having different artwork that depicted something from the individual stories :may24 ), they do have different covers that depict something from the storylines.
Weeeeee! I’m so excited! :may3
MMD pooh-poohed me a little, scoffing at my purchase, asking what I needed with those when I was an adult & would never actually read any of them again. But I covered my ears & lalalalalalalaed her. I was too happy to let her bring me down. And really, she should be glad I found these; it erases a tiny bit of childhood resentment I’m sure I was harboring toward her for giving away MY books in the first place. :may23
Who’s with me? Who used to love Nancy Drew & would have grabbed them all up, too? :mat27
Wow. I am shocked & heartbroken at the news that Robin Williams died yesterday. For the longest time, I refused to believe the posts I was seeing on Twitter & Facebook, praying it was simply a cruel hoax. I still can’t quite believe it’s true. :may17
Who didn’t absolutely love him?
Who didn’t think he was hilarious & brilliant, a true comedic genius?
Who won’t miss him like crazy & wonder how many more fabulously funny movies he might have starred in if he were still around?
I can’t say I’m surprised that he passed by a suspected suicide, because highly creative types are often plagued by depression and addictions. But what a shame. And what a terrible, terrible loss. :may38
I used to want one of those cute little Cube cars.
Then I wanted a Toyota Highlander because The Muppets were in the commercial & that jingle—“We ain’t got no room for boring. For boring, we ain’t got no room!” was really catchy. :may22
But now I want a Nissan Pathfinder. I think you’ll see why. :may2