Monday, July 4, 2016
When Bill and I had been married a few years his Mom was helping us move from an apartment to the home we still occupy. (this was at least 30 years ago) I was in a different room filling boxes when I overheard this conversation. "Mom we will pack all of them." "Mom, seriously we have to box them up exactly as she instructed." by now Bill's voice was starting to sound a little bit panicked. Then his final argument was "Mom if we don't pack her books and move them you may as well put my stuff in your car and move me back in with you!" I have a feeling she decided it would be easier to move my books than live with her 30 something year old son.
Recently a couple of friends have pointed out that I love what I do. One observed that I never seem to burn out and another very matter of factly stated that the difference between so many others and me is the that I really love my job. Bill recently retired after 25 years of working for the City of Dillon. A job that provided well for us, a job that allowed me the freedom to be self-employed without the worry of bringing home much of a salary. (But we are rich in books) He now has the freedom to explore other things. He wasn't retired very long when he went to work for Roxi's Greenhouse and Nursery. He was in heaven. People were happy to be there. He was fueling his inner gardener and our yard looks amazing. (we are now almost as rich in flowers and trees as we are in books) As things began to slow down there he was able to begin a new journey as a shuttle driver for Frontier Anglers. He is referring to the summer of 2016 as his endless summer. Life is good as we adjust to a different schedule and we are ready for this new adventure.
My friend, Tim, loaned me a book that made my soul open up and sing with joy. It was a memoir by
Wendy Welch. This book, about a couple daring to open a bookstore in a town that had never boasted a bookstore mirrored my experiences, it may be a different town but the people, the relationships the joys and the sorrows remain the same. "The Little Bookstore of Big Stone Gap" was a wonderful read. The author was on my shoulder observing the past 24 years of my life as a bookseller. She beautifully put into words what I get to feel everyday. It was a simple reminder that as a small independent business owner I don't just occupy a place on the street but I am part of a community.