On this day, 1980, oil tycoon Armand Hammer purchased DaVinci’s notebook for over 5 million. In November, 1994, Bill Gates purchased it for 30.8 million.
Wouldn’t it be astounding to hold this little journal in one’s hands………..
There are some bits of paper I would love to hold…..an original Shakespeare folio, DaVinci’s notebook, the Dead Sea Scrolls……to name a few………
To just imagine the hands that put those words to paper, to physically touch what they have touched…….it would be extraordinary, wouldn’t it…….
Among the priceless in dollars, two other papers would be on that list……..the list of war letters my mother shredded the day before she died. I would have loved to hold them, but they weren’t mine to read. They were hers.
My father’s diary…….he wrote a page to my mother each day after she died until his arthritic fingers could no longer hold a pen.
He asked me if I wanted them………I did, but I couldn’t answer him. I guess somewhere in my soul I knew they weren’t mine either, they were his.
He told me later he shredded them. Sorrow filled my heart, but they were his, not mine. When he died, I found one last page among his possessions. He wrote, I have to stop writing. I cannot write the words any longer. That was all……that was enough.
I have it. It is my DaVinci notebook; one day, a child of mine will find it and make it hers.
One page…….my folio, my Leicester Codex, my biblical parchment……..