Wednesday, April 26, 2006
Ode to Benjamin Franklin
Yes, I know this is weird. I love Benjamin Franklin. Yes, that is weird to love a founding father. Especially since I am not particularly patriotic. My sister hates BF, which is funny too. All the same, there is a very special place in my heart for him. And I don't love him because he allegedly discovered electricity (seen the cartoon Ben and Me where the mouse meets Ben and they together discover electricity with the key on the kite?) even as I sit here using no fewer than ten electrically powered items. I love him because of the library. Yep, the public library system in America was his idea. And I LOVE the idea of the library. I LOVE the actuality of the library. Where else can you get things for free? Where else can you get on the internet, request something from all over town, and have them email you and tell you it's there at a very convenient location- for free? With gas at $3, this is not a service to be taken lightly. I love going to the library. I love checking out way too many books. I love the books on tape and CD (which besides walking with wendy, my workout buddy- is the only reason I work out any more). They even have DVDs! For md being a bibliophile you'd be surprised to know (if you cared at all) that I only have two bookshevles. I don't need to own the books. Hence the library. BF- BFF!