Tuesday, October 6, 2009

A pink book collection - are you what you read?

Herewith is a post for National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Who amongst us has not been touched in some way by this terrible disease?

The colour theme for such a post must of course be pink.

I firstly thought about posting some pink flower images, like these Snugglepot and Cuddlepie flowers (Banksia? Australian readers will know)




But then I realised I live with someone who lives in an entirely pink world. My daughter, for whom I have all those hopes. My hope for my daughter is that she lives to an ancient age, is surrounded by family and friends who love her, retains a good quality of life and is not visited by any cancer. Who knows, in 70 years time they may have cured breast cancer, or at least found a less invasive way to treat it.

In photographing my daughter's pink possessions it then struck me how different all our respective book collections were. So, on the theme of you are what you read, which is one which is close to my heart (see my post on this here), I have photographed our respective bookshelves, to see if they represent a window into our souls.

Here is one of my daughter's many pink shelves of books:



My son:



Me:



My husband:



We may have merged our money, CDs, crockery, furniture, toothpastes, linen, photos, DVDs, rugs and carpets, crystal and glassware and silverware but for some reason we have not merged our books......

9 comments:

brismod said...

How interesting - I never thought of our bookshelf in that way. I laughed when I saw your husband's collection...my husband has a similar fascination with history and battles! Cheers Anita

Millie said...

Such a beautiful, thoughtful post Jane. I love the wish you have for your gorgeous girl, may it come true & then some. Thank you for your hearfelt words for My Mum's Pink Post. They meant so much to me.
Millie ^_^

mise said...

I admire all your bookshelves: full of classics and good reads. We have that same split in our household: Nancy Mitford and her ilk to the left and history and aviation manuals to the right. And isn't it a joy to rediscover all the classic children's books as your children grow up?

Jacqueline said...

I love your 'pink' post, Jane. You have really thought about it. I really liked looking at your bookshelves.It says a lot of things about you all (all good!!) XXXX

Laura [What I Like] said...

This is so interesting...my boyfriend and I never merged our books either, and we have just about as disparate tastes as you and your husband seem to! And how funny that your daughter and son have pink and blue bookshelves respectively. It always amazes me how strong nature can be vs. nurture (my mom for instance tried to get me to play with trucks when I was younger to avoid gender stereotyping but all I wanted was dolls!)

Dumbwit Tellher said...

What a fabulous post. I am constantly amazed how talented bloggers such as yourself are. How incredibly fun to see the cherished books of your family. I deeply wish that in our children's future, there will be a world without any form of cancer whatsoever. My mother is dying of lung cancer & what makes it so sad & tragic is she never has smoked nor lived with anyone that has smoked. I can deal with my own pain, but when it strikes our loved ones, it is unbearable. I loved your post.

Suburban Princess said...

I saw your comment about evites on another blog - I have added you to my faves!

Jane said...

Hey thanks for all your comments
Deb at Dumwit Tellher that is incredibly sad about your mother and I completely agree that the hardest thing is when others are in pain and you can do nothing. I looked again at my photos and clarification is required - I am not suggesting my 2.5 year old son is reading military histories (Sir Percy Scott) but my husband insisted it go in his shelves!!!

jane said...

beautiful post...

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