It started when I said I wanted a Little Free Library. LFLs originated in Wisconsin as a memorial to the founder's mother, who had been a school librarian. They are dollhouse sized weatherproof structures that people fill with used books and mount on poles in their yards with a sign that says, "Take a book, leave a book." To have one in your yard you can register online, and for a minimal fee, the organization sends you a numbered plaque and sign to be mounted on your own "library." As good concepts do, LFLs caught on and are now spread around the world. Over 6000 registered plaques have been shipped.
LFLs are beginning to pop up in our bookish city of Decatur, Georgia. I love discovering new ones around town. So when my friend Kaaren and I found a discarded dollhouse, the perfect basic structure, my husband Moe mounted it on a pole in the front yard, intending to turn it into a Little Free Library for my birthday last November. I was beyond thrilled. The only trouble is, he didn't get to it right away. Nine months later the library is still not done, for good reason. Read the limerick to find out what developed.
The morning after we took down the dollhouse and furnishings, at last to make the library, a small sign appeared on the empty pole that said, "Boo Hoo!" I was out front doing yard work that day, and tons of passersby stopped to add their regrets and ask what happened to the house. Apparently, even people we didn't know had been enjoying the mysterious dollhouse development. They all had lots of questions.
So I wrote the limerick and hung it on the pole, mostly to share the story, but also as thanks to the trickster, on the outside chance it was someone we didn't know—someone who might not have heard how much fun we'd been having with the mystery.
I should add that even though all our friends denied involvement, we were pretty sure we knew which one of them was the trickster, because his now grown daughters had once had dollhouses. It had to be Tom. The prank was so like him. Still, he was a good and persistent liar if he were the guy. Just in case it was another of our friends, I hoped the limerick would inspire whoever it was to own up to it with full disclosure. Tune in next week to find out what happened after we hung the limerick. dkm