Mark my words

December 6, 2010

Categories: bandaid, bookmarks, books

I have to confess that my father was a dog-earer of books.
As a child I learned this disgusting habit from him, folding down a corner of a page to mark my progress through a book. I wonder if this is because the majority of books I had at my disposal were library books, which were already dog-eared and stained and smelling of other people’s lives. I’m not sure when I stopped this practice, but it could have been when I started getting my own collection of books to keep. Now I can’t dog-ear a book at all, and don’t know if I could even if my life depended on it (okay, maybe if my life depended on it…).
Which leads me to the question of, how do you mark your spot in a book?
I love bookmarks, but they seem to disappear into the land of the other sock that goes missing in the wash. I’m sure the bookmarks and single socks are having a rip-roaring time in some other dimension, but I’d rather they stay where they are supposed to — in this one.
Meanwhile… I use anything to mark my page.
My recent bookmarks have included:
hair ties
sticky notes
cinema tickets
ripped off pieces from The Age newspaper
a birthday card
a bobby pin
a receipt.
I am currently using a bandaid — not a used bandaid, of course, but an intact bandaid that I had fished out of my bag when I needed a bookmark. And when you think of it, a bandaid is a good choice for a bookmark. Consider paper cuts. You don’t often get a paper cut from reading a book, but if you did you would have a remedy at hand.
Which makes me think that bookmarking an e-reader must be not nearly as exciting as bookmarking a real book.

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