Bowl of Baby Bobbles and Bijou Books

February 25, 2014


Until the spring flowers pop up and I can place blossoming bouquets throughout the house, I settled for a little vignette of shiny silver baby bobbles and bijou books.
They are usually arranged in different places throughout the house on shelves or in the china cabinet.
I was polishing the tiny items, and thought they looked so pretty and sparkly piled together in the bowl, I decided to keep them out for a while.
The small books belonged to my Grandparents.


This copy of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” is copyrighted 1896, and was inscribed with a name I can’t decipher, with the location of “Double Springs, Alabama” written on a front page.
Double Springs is located north of Birmingham, just west of Cullman.


It makes you wonder how the book ended up with my Grandparents in the Florida Panhandle.
Books often tell stories other than those printed on the pages.
But in this case, I think Shakespeare’s tale remains the most intriguing.
Babies and books,
shiny and old.
Somehow, it all just goes together.
But as Shakespeare predicted, “So quick bright things come to confusion.”
I’ll soon grow weary of the sparkles and replace them with some other arrangement.
The Bard of Avon knew me so well.

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  1. It is interesting that the books could travel down thru the years and wind up in Fairhope. The story of their journey might be more interesting than the story between their covers.

    1. Funny you should say that. I thought it said ‘Howell” too, and that’s exactly what my great-grandmother’s family name was. But there was no “L.J.” that I know of. I need to do some Nancy Drew work on that! Thanks for your sharp eyes!

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