Joy Amidst the Everyday...

Joy Amidst the Everyday...

Thursday, Dec 14, 2023

Joy Amidst the Everyday Clamor

 

Our postal worker is taking time off for the holidays, but assured me I would be in good hands.
 
The temporary postal worker just walked into my shop – he entered, stopped dead in his tracks with packages slipping to the floor – and said “Wow!  I could get lost in here….I love books.”
 
What a wonderful compliment.
 
As with many of us, I get caught up in the day-to-day, contemplating the stacks of work to be done:  books to be researched, books to be uploaded, bills to pay, details for the upcoming book fair which clamor for attention, etc. etc. etc.
 
And sometimes, I’m brought back to the specialness of it by seeing the shop through new eyes.  Seeing the substance and not the form.

While there are certainly challenges in being an antiquarian bookseller, I am incredibly thankful for the many friends we’ve made over the ten years since we first opened the doors - colleagues, librarians, and most important, our many wonderful customers, from all over the globe.
 
You have all enriched my life, often in ways of which you may not even be aware.
 
So, in this season of giving, I am giving thanks for each of you and all you have given me - your kindess, your humor, your generosity of spirit.
 
My wishes go out to each of you for a happy holiday season, however you may celebrate.  And may next year bring hope and peace to us all.