Bookended

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She stood back to appreciate her handiwork.

A mix of tidiness and lived-in disarray. The books. The pillows. The cozy afghans on the couch.

“She’ll love it,” he said from behind her, and she jumped. She hadn’t heard him enter.

She leaned against his chest. Felt the thrumming of his steady heart.

“How do you know?” she fretted.

“Because it’s not about perfection, but about having enough support so that no matter how you wobble,” his hand rose toward the bookshelves, “you’re bookended by love.”

She kissed his palm.

“Let’s go get our new daughter, then. Bring her home.”

 

 

For Rochelle’s FridayFictioneers

Photo: Dale Rogerson (thank you for the homey, inviting photo prompt inspiration! This room makes me wanna curl up with a good book on the couch. xoxo, your NYNF)

 

 

46 thoughts on “Bookended

  1. Awww! What a lovely, lovely line!
    “Because it’s not about perfection, but about having enough support so that no matter how you wobble,” his hand rose toward the bookshelves, “you’re bookended by love.”
    And it tells us the whole story, too. Super writing, Na’ama! Kudos!

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  2. Sorry for the multiple likes filling your notification panel. It was my way of saying I loved it all.
    And this is such a touching and sweet story. I love that you see my living room as cozier than I do!!
    I have zero doubt the daughter will love it. It will exude the warmth of her new parents, anyway.

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  3. “Because it’s not about perfection, but about having enough support so that no matter how you wobble,” his hand rose toward the bookshelves, “you’re bookended by love.” You win the internet today! Great writing.

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    • Thank you, dear Rochelle! It was Dale’s lovely inspiration that had passed inspection! 😉 Yes, I think the girl will be fine with them couple, right? 🙂 No need for perfection. Need for affection. …

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  4. I read your uplifting and wonderful story. Then, I immediately started down the comment path to find what Dale had to say. Fun stuff all the way around.

    I recently read Larry McMurtry’s memoir, “Books.” Apparently what most people have is WAY too few books. If you’re not in six figures, you’re a book slacker. 🙂 Fun one, Na’ama.

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