As I sorted thru the rolling cart, an upended bag, and a tote, the end result was exactly what I expected. I reorganized the books so they fit back in exactly where they came from. I was able to rid the tote of about 15 Ranger Rick’s and a couple other magazines. Because my sister objects to the content inside (they veer towards evolution). The two baby pop up books I found, we had to keep. They were either a favorite of my niece’s or it is the first one she read. They were both in pristine condition. The golden book? It is hard to find, so it was also kept.
My least favorite book she kept? There was a second grade math workbook, partially done. I was going to put it in the toss pile when mom said my niece needed it. Because she didn’t know her math. I got a little frustrated and said, ‘If I came over and was handed this book to do, mom, I wouldn’t touch it. At 11, this book is a baby book. Even if I couldn’t do it, I wouldn’t.’ Mom replied that it is too bad I wanted to throw it away and I was going to keep my niece from learning things. Then, mom took the work book, looked thru it, and said, ‘I’ll keep this for when I work with kids.’ She was going to add it to one of her DOZENS of stacks of class materials. I took it and put it neatly back in the rolling cart holding stuff mom has collected and saved for my niece.
My niece who has not come to visit once, since I have been home. Why? Because there is no need for her to come and help mom if I am there. Also, mom doesn’t feel good and says she doesn’t want the kid around (the kid often makes a mess and leaves mom to clean it all up). Then, mom bitches because she never sees her granddaughter. However, the next time that young lady visits, Nana’s stash of books for her will be as complete as it has always been. And if she wants something else to read, there are more books purchased for her in my sister’s old bedroom. IF the kid can get in the room…..