Ken Kesey dedicates his wonderful novel Sometimes a Great Notion (Penguin edition, 1977) to his parents this way.
To my mother and father--I rediscovered this poem reproduced just before the first page while flipping through to the first sentence. I read the book a number of years ago, but don't remember this quote. Either I flipped by it or I forgot it. I am a different person now than I was then and it has stuck. I like the idea of teaching your children things that will help them soar when they grow up.
Who told me songs were for the birds,
Then taught me all the tunes I know
And a good deal of the words.
We should never give away books we have read. We should let them lie fallow on our bookshelves and then come back to them. They're exactly the same, if a little yellow, but we're different, so we have a different relationship to them and they will make a different sense to us.
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