No, it is not my driver’s license, although I am grateful to have that in order to get from Point A to Point B.
Although my health insurance card is important, if I am utilizing it more than I would like, then that would be problematic.
Debit cards are necessary, but not a high-ranking piece of plastic in my opinion.
No, the most important card in my wallet is my library card. Why? Because I get the most value from it.
Although the three cards I mentioned at the beginning of this post are important and I do need them to be able to drive my daughter to school, go to the doctor if a crisis arises, and get the money necessary from my bank to be able to purchase food for my family, their actual perceived value does not rank as high.
My library card, that rectangular piece of plastic, provides a lifeline to all sorts of information, ripe for my unlearned brain to devour. My library card can transport me to other countries, other cultures, other realms of obscurity that I had not known existed.
If I want to learn French, there is a book for that.
If the mood strikes where I want to master a recipe of Julia Child’s, there is a biblio-wonderland of words and pictures to help me do just that.
Value is the quality of anything which renders it desirable and useful, to be definitive. I find my library card to be both. It is desirable in that without it, I would not be able to satisfy my need of having a book in my hands, inhaling every word that bounces across the page. For people who are like me and have been reading since they were a small child, a book is like an appendage and without it, we cease to breathe without the consistency of new information at our fingertips.
A library card is also in and of itself, a useful item to carry around. Seeing the most beautiful sign in the library, “New Releases”, sends bookworms like me into a swoon readily satisfied by perusing those very shelves in search of that one book that we have been dying to read, but are frugal enough with our tightly held dollars to not have actually purchased it.
This card, which gives me the capacity to be transported to faraway lands without ever leaving my house, is the most important card in my wallet. I get value from my library card. Simple, yet functional. Frugal, yet I feel that the monetary gifts this card gives me are…