#197, Buy a pretty magnifying glass
I have been needing a magnifying glass for years. I like to look at atlases, and the print is very small. Having reading glasses doesn’t seem to help enough. I looked in the usual places, but then I found this magnifying glass on Etsy.
The glass is new, but the handle is made of horn, circa 1880, and was part of an old carving set. It’s origins are from Sheffield, England.
It’s coming from the UK, so it’ll take a while to get here.
It’s called a Father-In-Laws magnifying glass which gives me the romantic notion of it resting on an old roll-top desk in a book lined study. I imagine a bespectacled gentleman dragging the glass across the lines of a map, perhaps following Ernest Shackleton’s Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition. Perhaps it smells of tobacco and polished wood. Perhaps the horn dropped from the head of a noble stag as it lost a challenge for dominance.
I like the way old things feel in my hands. I wonder about the stories they could tell, about the distances they have traveled.
This magnifying glass will always remind me of the hundredth day of writing this blog.
I will remember that in 2016, small moments well spent, grew larger when I reflected upon them.
Thank you to those of you who are still on this little adventure with me. I’m having a good year. I hope you are too.
264 days to go!