If You Build a Girl a Bookcase

There is a popular children’s book titled, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie, that I am sure most parents and grandparents are familiar with.  The premise of the book that the cookie is only the beginning of a seemingly endless request list.  The original book by Laura Numeroff has spawned a whole series of similar titles such as: If You Give a Pig a Pancake; If You Give a Moose a Muffin; If You Give a Cat a Cupcake; and, If You Give a Dog a Donut. I have a suggestion for a new book in that series – If You Build a Girl a Bookcase.

I have been living this book – If You Build a Girl a Bookcase – since November 2012 when my boyfriend Mike successfully completed the built-in bookcase I envisioned and requested he build.  What I envisioned and the way it ultimately turned out were not the same.  It turned out way better than I had imagined it would.  Well, that got me to thinking.  If he can build me such a fine bookcase, what else could I have him build me?

I cannot express how fabulous it is to have a handy boyfriend.   He knows how to do all kinds of home improvement things, and what he doesn’t know he takes the time to learn about.  He had never constructed a built-in bookcase before he built mine.  Since then I have managed to think of all kinds of other projects for him – surprise, surprise.  That is what happens when you build a girl a bookcase…she just keeps going down her never-ending wish list.

I have been considering having him do other bigger projects now that I am fully apprised of his potential.  I have thought long and hard about having him do a complex built-in dining room bookcase/seating/table alcove design that has long been in my head.  I have also pondered a built-in bookcase/wardrobe in the bedroom.  I have to catch myself when I get started thinking about these projects, take a deep breath, and remind myself that one house can only have so many built-ins before it becomes overwhelmed.  That usually calms the overwhelming desire to have him start yet another project for a week or two.

It hit me today though that it would sure be nice to have a nice little studio cottage in the yard near my garden.  Mike has never built anything like that before, but I am confident in his ability. I haven’t yet designed my studio cottage in my mind, but the idea is starting to take root.  I do believe the yard is my next frontier.

Can you imagine what will happen if he builds this girl a cottage?  Well now, that is a whole new book. ;-)

Day one thousand three hundred and sixty-nine of the new forty – obla di obla da

Ms. C

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I teach at NDSU...but I remain a student of life with all the enthusiasm that entails. My favorite saying is, "Sometimes you have to take the leap and build your wings on the way down." In the new forty that is what I am doing...building my wings.
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One Response to If You Build a Girl a Bookcase

  1. Miki says:

    All I can say is…AWESOME! And you’ve used the spaces so creatively and in such a charming way.

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