It is as if all the sports lovers are in a secret recognition club.
They don't need introductions. They pick up in the middle of a conversation immediately, a conversation celebrating or lamenting their team's standing (this year it has been celebrating at my house). They pat each other on the back, or give a light punch in the arm.
It isn't just the Alabama fans. When he is near a fellow sports lover, Thomas will comment or ask a question about other teams he likes, or trash talk teams he doesn't like (read that: University of Florida).
The sports lovers can usually be identified by hats, shirts, or bumper stickers. Thomas isn't often without at least one of these identifying articles.
I am a book lover. It is sort of like a secret club, but we aren't very good at the social side of it. Unlike sports lovers, us book lovers often want to be left alone with our books.
The most social I usually get is offering a companionable smile when my book is noticed by the fellow reader.
Readers and book lovers need shirts, hats, and bumper stickers. Identifying articles that can enable us to be readily recognized as members of the book lovers club.
Something other than the book we are probably carrying in a bag or pocket.
Just once, I want to wear a Charlotte Brontë shirt, and have someone come up to me in a store and yell, "Jane Eyre!"
I want to see someone in an L. M. Montgomery hat, and strike up a conversation about Green Gables.
So many authors belong on shirts. Brennan Manning. Jan Karon. Linda Fairstein. Francine Rivers. Maya Angelou. J. K. Rowling. Anne Lamott. Jane Austen. I could keep adding names to this list all day.
What author or books would you want on a shirt or hat to identify yourself as part of the Book Lovers Secret Recognition Club?
This idea has been floating around in my mind for a while, and I was reminded of it the other day when Amy Sullivan wrote about the shirts at Out of Print, which are awesome. I'm pretty sure I need all of them.