Today, July 2, is my mother’s birthday. She died this year, and this is the first birthday without her. And though I miss her very much, it is one of the happiest days of my life. Because today, the Kindle that I bought from Amazon about two weeks ago, finally arrived. I didn’t know how much it would move me to get this digital reading device. And it was a very fitting way to celebrate her birthday. This was her 102nd birthday.
We both loved reading, and used to share books, and recommend books to one another. I know she would have gotten a kick out of the Kindle, because she could have read from it. When I first started reading ebooks on my computer, I told her about it, and tried to tempt her to learn how to use a computer. But she was adamant. She felt she was too old to learn this new technology. ‘You may be an old man,’ she told me, ‘but I’m ancient’.
But reading a Kindle is so much like reading a book, that there’s really nothing much to learn. And it’s very pleasant, because you can adjust the size of the letters, and have many books in a very light package. I feel like I’ve lived to see the future. Of course, that feeling that I’m living in the future started quite some time ago, with the whole digital revolution. But nothing so characterizes my life as books. I have bookcases along all the walls of my house, and I ran out of space quite some time ago. So every time I buy books, it’s a problem where to put them.
Aside from that, there’s a great freedom, in being able to buy just about any western book, and have it arrive in a minute. I smile to think of it. Though Jerusalem is filled with book stores, many a time I’ve read about some book in the west… read a review, or heard it mentioned, and when I checked out the bookstores, it had to be ordered. And that would always take between two weeks and a month.
Well, I wanted to share my happiness with you, my readers. It’s a beautiful day, and I’m really enjoying it. My daughter Rivka will be joining me in a short while. She’s coming to Jerusalem today from the north. I’m not sure how we’ll celebrate, but we’ll think of something. She’s a reader too, by the way.