No, I didn't get a literary agent yet.
The other reason we go from time to time, is because I am a self diagnosed bibliophile and have NEVER met a book, new or old, that I didn't love. So anyways, a few years ago, we went to an auction in a nearby town and we picked up a couple of boxes of old books for two bucks a piece. There was some old cookbook that she wanted (even though she makes me do the lion's share of the cooking), and some book about a historical Iowan that I wanted (even though I am usually in the kitchen cooking and way too busy to read anything). So, we got the books.
The second one, our favorite, was done by another little kid (George Frye, Jr.) in 1954, and followed his trip from Albia, Iowa to Washington, DC. All along the way, he kept track of every river they crossed and would stop and get a leaf from the trees in front of famous places, then meticulously tape it inside his scrapbook...all the way to leaves from a tree in the White House lawn! We loved it!
But also, we wanted the family to have these things back IF they wanted them. For as much as we cherish things like that as historical and amusing and wonderful, we couldn't imagine that someone in that family wouldn't want those things. I made a few calls and discovered that none of the children lived in the area any longer. We set them aside and forgot about them for a while.
So, I looked online for them, failed, and then forgot about it a while longer. Fast forward to today. For some reason unknown to me, this morning, I thought about it again and decided that today was THE day. I spent the morning with scrapbooks and internet databases tracking down direct line family members. Needless to say, none of them had a direct contact email available from the internet. After two full hours I was almost ready to give up again for another year, and then I found it!
Sometimes in life, it really is the little things that bring you the most joy. And sometimes, treasure...real treasure, lurks in the bottom of boxes full of books at auctions that you can still buy for just a couple of bucks.
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