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Friday, April 8, 2011

G is for Globey the Globe

My globe, Globey!

I bet some of you thought I’d write about gymnastics today! I did think about it, but I wrote a post about gymnastics and going for the gold nearly a year ago, and I reposted it six months ago. So today’s post is about the magnificence that is GLOBES!
I have a malfunctioning sense of direction. Though I can’t read a road map if my life depended on it, I sure do appreciate its intricacy. Despite my ignorance of road maps, I really love atlases, mural maps, and globes. Growing up, we had a beautiful world mural map and a United States mural map hanging in our library (it was a hallway, but my clever decorating-genius mom transformed it into a small library) from National Geographic. One of my favorite classes in college was world geography. It was fun using my trusty globe, Globey, (I know right, how creative) to help me study! My sister got it for me for Christmas when I was a senior in high school. It was one of my favorite gifts that year. 
My baby antique globe
I’m not entirely sure why I’m fascinated by maps and globes. I suppose it’s because when I hold the world in my hands (!) I realize how incredibly small I am in this vast creation. There’s so much happening every day that I’ll never come in contact with. It’s humbling to realize that though my life is important, it’s not more important than anyone else’s. It puts my problems and worries into perspective, and I remember how incredibly lucky I am to have the life I do.
In addition to Globey, I also have a very small globe that my mom got for me at an antique shop. I keep it on my desk next to an antique inkwell (also from my mom). I’d love to start a nice globe collection some day, but I want all kinds of different ones, which can be expensive. And I don’t have the space yet for a bunch of globes anyway. For now, Globey is just right! 
What’s something you would like to collect some day? Why is it significant to you?
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24 comments:

Jessica Bell said...

Funny how you say you feel so small in such a vast creation, because yesterday I was just thinking the OPPOSITE. But that was because of the radiation waves seeping into Europe from Japan. That makes the world feel small to me. LOL. But yes, I do see what you mean!

Stina Lindenblatt said...

We have a light up globe that the kids occasionally look at. My parents have an old one that shows the world from centuries ago (I think that's when it was meant to be of).

Well the way I'm going, I'd say I'm collecting YA novels. ;)

Bish Denham said...

I love maps too. We have a world map hanging up across one of our windows. As for collecting stuff, I'm now at an age where I'm wanting to get rid of stuff. :)

Siv Maria said...

Great post. I love globes too but I collect rocks and crystals. I climb mountains for them, I sift through water for them, I search dark caves for them and I hunt them from all over the world as well as outer space ( meteor rocks.) I guess that is my way of travelling in time and space.

damyantiwrites said...

The last globe I had at my place was as a child. After a while I so hated my tutor and her methods of teaching geography, I haven't made place for a globe in my home as an adult. Love your enthusiasm for globes though.

~Nicole Ducleroir~ said...

A globe collections sounds so interesting, and they come in so many styles and sizes. I hope you continue adding to your collection!

Laura Pauling said...

I try not to collect anything - except books. Two of my kids are packrats, so we already have enough stuff in the house! :)

Summer Ross said...

I have a lot of fairies- I want to collect more pictures and paintings of fairies- but you have to have wall space for that- so maybe some day :)

Hannah Kincade said...

I love globes!! I would love to collect really cool ones some day. As of right now, I have...one. *sad face*

J.L. Campbell said...

I like looking at globes and seeing names of places I'll never visit, but can imagine.

What would I like to collect? I'd like fish, but where on earth would I keep all the variety that there is?

emy shin said...

I definitely agree that globes can be so fascinating, and it's really adorable that baby antique globe.

Matthew MacNish said...

If you like globes as much as I do, you'd love this:

http://www.marybakereddylibrary.org/exhibits/mapparium

MM the Queen of English said...

I collect English books. I have one published in 1908. I have one from the 1940s. I have funny ones like Lynn Truss' Eats Leaves and Shoots. I have serious ones like Garner's Modern American Usage.

What would I LIKE to collect? Antique manuscripts, like a folio of Shakespeare's plays. Really old stuff that still survives today.

I'll never have that kind of money, though, so I'll keep collecting English books.

MM the Queen of English
queenofenglish.wordpress.com

The Book Gatherer said...

Oh I love globes! My husband gave me a little one for Christmas last year but I would love, love, LOVE an enormous ones like you see in stately homes or old university libraries!

Jayne said...

Your mum definitely sounds like a decorating genius to have transformed a hallway in a library! I love globes and maps - the older the better. There was a map exhibition on at the British Library last year and the maps were incredible. What would I like to collect? Books!

Jolene Perry said...

I avoid collections - aside from books and movies...

Jennifer Shirk said...

Somebody gave us a globe that I keep in the den. It's kind of funny how often we go to refer to it for geography info for one reason or another. :-)

Angela Ackerman said...

I get you on the sense of direction...I can go into a store in the mall, come out and head the wrong way, back in the direction I came. Can you imagine where I would be without a world globe? (Mine's right here by my desk.) :)

Have a great weekend!

Angela @ The Bookshelf Muse

Renae said...

Globes are so much fun, my kids at school love to use them.

As far as my collections...books and Barbies. Yeah, I'm weird I know!

Trisha Leaver said...

I like your baby antique globe. I want one for my desk that way I can sit there and spin it while I wait for my muse to cooperate. As for my collections . . . useless, half-done manuscripts. No, just kidding. I actually collect gargoyles.

Tamara McRill said...

I've always been fascinated by globes and maps. My grandparents had a world map mural in their dining room. I was sad when they covered it up. I don't collect anything tangible anymore. Decided I'd rather collect experiences and buying stuff was keeping me from that. Oh--I take pictures of everything, guess that could count as a collection.

koralee said...

Oh my friend..I have to smile today...this is my husbands passion..maps and globes.

Happy weekend to you. xoxo

Madeleine said...

Cute globe, we don't have one here, though we had one when I was younger. :O)

Martha in PA said...

I remember our globe from my childhood...I wonder what happened to it? Sometimes you just can't hold on to every thing through moves and changes, and looking back you wish you had. I had a huge collection of horse figurines... no clue where they went.

Living near Disney for 6 years we have a big collection of Disney pins, and other other Disney memorabilia. My mother has a beatuiful collection of Hummels, that I enjoy as well since we live together.

I've started giving my daughter pug things,she is 14. Whether this will lead to a life long collection I do not no....

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