I read this cute blog post months ago about how the blogger challenged herself to complete 30 random acts of kindness in 30 days. She did a lot of different things, like putting up inspirational signs on message boards, hiding dollar bills in the dollar store, putting together care packages for homeless people, giving away baked goods, loading vending machines up with coins, and writing lots of notes and leaving them in random places. One of these notes caught my eye because she left it, in all places, inside a library book. It read, “Hi! I don’t think we’ve ever met, but based on your choice of literature I think we would make great friends.” Something about this idea just made me smile. Wouldn’t it be fun to open up a book and get a message from a kindred soul?
I decided NaBloPoMo was just the right time to give this idea a go myself. Before I headed off to the library, I wrote the message on some cute post-it notes. Putting the notes inside the books at the library should have been super easy. But I had a three-year-old with me. So it went something like this:
Me: It’s mommy’s turn to pick out a book now.
C: No, I need you!
Me: What do you need?
C: I need you to play with me!
Me: I will. I just need to get a book first.
C: Nooo, I neeed you!
Me: I know. This won’t take long. Just come with me and then we’ll go back and play.
C: Nooo, I need you to play with me.
Me: Yup, we will do that. I just need to quick grab a book.
C: Noooo! (Falls on floor dramatically)
Me: Shhh! You have to be quiet on this side of the library. People are trying to read here.
C: But I need you…
So anyway, I eventually got around to selecting two books to post my messages in: The Time Traveler’s Wife by Audrey Niffenegger and In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. I hope the next person who checks out these books smiles when they come across my note. It’s nothing fancy, but I hope it makes someone think about all the people who have read and enjoyed the same books.