Today’s prompt in the Expat Blog Challenge is “something I left behind”.
The list is endless. I left behind my country, my city, my family, my friends, my spiritual community, my cultural community, my cat, my bed, my mementos, clothes, accessories, many books, and many knick-knacks. But the “something” I’m prompted to write about today is a book: The Riverside Shakespeare.
In college, I majored in English. As part of the requirements, I had to take one of three Shakespeare courses: Comedies, Tragedies, or Histories. I took Comedies and Tragedies (yes, I took two). The text for all these courses was The Riverside Shakespeare, a scholarly tome containing all the Bard’s plays with introductions and textual notes as well as several essays on Shakespeare’s life and works.
I tried packing this book several times both in my luggage and in the boxes I shipped from Miami to Melbourne, but it weighs nearly 8 lbs (3.6 kg). In the end, I left it behind, twice. I left it behind when I first came to Melbourne and I left it behind a second time when I returned from a visit to Miami. I think about it often. I’m not sure why. It’s not like I sit around reading Shakespeare or as if the Bard’s work is hard to come by. It’s in every library, bookstore, and thrift shop, not to mention online. There’s just something special about that book. It reminds me of college, of a wonderful professor, of an exciting, creative class, of England, and of Emma Thompson.
Next time I visit Miami, I’ll be sure to bring it back with me.
What did you leave behind that you wish you hadn’t?