#14. I, Isabel Scheherazade find a bookmark on a special page of one of my favorite books and I THINK I’m getting a message from Dad. Can this be possible?
I’m still in bed gathering steam when my eyes land on one of my old storybooks–Beauty and the Beast. I love all the versions of that story, this one especially. When Dad read it to me, he said, This is one plucky girl. Like you, Isabel.
I think about this and mutter, USED to be, Dad; I USED to be a plucky girl.
I’m not feeling plucky these days.
I spy a feather bookmark. Dad put feather markers on important pages in his books and mine.
I get out of bed, pull Beauty and the Beast off the shelf, and open it to the page with the feather. I stroke it smooth. It’s brick red on its topside and pink below.
I remember when Dad stopped at this page and places the feather in the crease, a very serious look on his face.
Isabel, listen up; this is important. He taps the words. Keep track of it, okay? He was always advising me to keep track of this or that.
This is the sentence: “Nothing cures homesickness quicker than an Unexplored Tower.”
See what it’s saying? Dad asks me. Then he reads it again.
I trace the sentence with my fingertip like Dad did. I can even hear his voice. “Nothing cures homesickness quicker than an Unexplored Tower.”
To tell you the truth, back when Dad was rereading the quote I didn’t get what was So Big about this sentence. I was more interested in finishing the story before I fell asleep.
But, now, here in Mimi and Pop’s house, my eyes prickle and a warm feeling fills my head while I stare at the words, it’s like Dad is reaching out to me in a comforting way from the Way-Back Seat of my memory.
I lean into the magic of it all and whisper, Why’s this so important, Dad?