Do you know what makes me happy (amongst other things)?
Books do make me happy. Old books even more so. Therefore, when my landlady asked me if I wanted to have a look at the books of her recently deceased mother (they are clearing the house she lived in for 50 or more years), I was all for it!
Oh my. It was wonderful.
My landlady's mother was 99 years old when she passed away last February. 99 years of happiness - she was married to a nice man (he passed away some 8 years ago and apparently he always treated her like a princess), traveled the world, had four children, a nice house, many friends, liked books and music and her mind remained sharp. She lived in her own house until the end surrounded by her things. She was one lucky lady!
You can therefore imagine how varied her books were. And I was free to take as many as I wanted (nobody in the big family, apparently, was interested in her books).
I felt like a child on Christmas!
I found some really nice books about Art. Another one edited in 1961 by Life Magazine called "The Epic of Man" (it shows the greatness of human creativity). The most awesome one, though, is a 1937 edition of "Gone With The Wind" by Margaret Mitchell. Totally cool. Leather bonded and written in English (the lady read English as well!). 1037 pages in perfect condition. Wonderful. Owning this book is like Christmas and Birthday together :-)
PS: My landlady showed me her parents' photo books as well. Amazing. The couple traveled to China in the Seventies (imagine!!), to Africa and other places like Papa New Guinea, North America and all over Europe in times where others didn't even know what traveling meant! Amazing. I would have loved getting to know them and ask them how traveling was back then!