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Library book returned after 75 years

Library book returned after 75 years

Library book returned after 75 years

Many of us have forgotten to return a book or two to our favourite library. Maybe because we misplaced the item, or because something got in the way. Or we couldn’t do the right thing, always making excuses. I have too much work, I will do it tomorrow, etc. What if tomorrow never comes? What if you forget all about it and never return the book? What could be a plausible reason for skipping the return date?

Sanford Tousey’s “Val Rides the Oregon Trail” was (is) the property of Osterhout Free Library in Wilkes-Barre. However, for 75 years it couldn’t be found at the library. It was borrowed by a 9-year-old boy, who probably thought the same thing as we normally do. We can easily return it tomorrow. What is a few days’ fine, right? That time the fine was 2 cents a day. Except he never expected to keep hold of it for 75 years.

The book’s due date was the 2nd of December, 1941. The then 9-year-old Robert Lockman forgot to return the book even when tomorrow came. Because with it came Pearl Harbor, too. Lockman Sr died in 2013, unaware of his ‘debt’. His daily 2 cents fine came to $554 after 75 years, two months and thirteen days. It wasn’t until his son found the slip with the due date inside that the book found its way ‘home’.

Of course, the fine was waived, but at least Lockman Jr did the right thing. Just like his father would have, if ‘tomorrow’ came the way he thought it would. This story certainly has way deeper meanings than ‘just’ the return of the book and paying a debt. Let’s ask the cards what we should learn from it on a broader scale.

Psychic Timea’s Verdict:

Two of Swords:
This card sends us a message about difficult choices and decisions. Remember, you can’t hide from making that crucial decision for ever. There are always consequences and you need to deal with a situation as and when needed. Avoiding it will only cause further conflict.

Knight of Wands:
Another call for action. If you have an idea, act on it. Pursue what makes you happy, don’t wait for tomorrow to come. Unexpected events shape who we are, don’t delay the inevitable. Resisting change and avoiding it will cause delays.

The Hierophant:
This card represents all the good that’s within each of us. Compassion, inner conscience, a desire to serve the greater good. In this case, it also means finding our inner self. Through realizing who we are, we can connect to the divine.

All in all, if you want to do something, do it now. You don’t want to end up waiting for 75 years, do you? No matter how small your act seems, it is a step towards self-discovery.


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