A few weeks ago I was at one of my favorite places to visit…the library. While I was looking through the book titles this sweet little boy with very good manners approached me and asked if I could help him find a particular book.
Now if this was the San Jose library where I grew up, I would have had no problem finding exactly what he needed. But with no librarian in sight I thought how hard can it be to find a children’s book for this little gentleman.
Well, we searched and searched and I am happy to report that the book he wanted was found! What I found were so many books that I read as a child! I was thrilled to see my old favorites on the shelf. Since I was a small girl reading has always been a passion of mine. I remember going to the library every Tuesday at 3:30 for the Bookworm Club. The librarian would give me a stack of books so high that I could barely carry them, but each week I would read every single one. Finally, the librarian would have to call up the other branches to get more books because I had read every book my branch had.
I am always excited to go into libraries, especially when I am travelling. While in Seattle I visited the Bellevue Library and was amazed at its size and beauty. I love especially to visit little libraries in small country towns.
I felt good that I had helped this little boy in the library that day, but as I was leaving I looked in the mirror and realized that I think he thought I was the librarian…oh well, I hope he likes the book we found and the other 10 books I gave him to read!
I have just returned from a trip to the beautiful Pacific Northwest. On my travels I taught an amazing group of women that if I am not mistaken have discovered the Fountain of Youth. This group of women (many of them have been married over 50 years, some even 60 years!) was one of the most amazing groups that I have ever taught. Not only were they energetic and fun but so youthful! I was literally shocked when some of them shared their ages. Some of these women have been friends for over 50 years. The love and friendship they share warmed my heart. As I taught and listened to them I was struck by how beautiful each of them were. One of them women (over 80 years old) has been to Africa 3 times-in the last 4 years!! I left the workshop feeling so blessed that I was able to be in their presence and experience what a lifetime of friendship looks like. I don’t know what they are drinking, but I would love to bottle it up and take it home with me! Today in your writing examine your friendships. If you are lucky enough to have friendships that have survived through the decades, consider yourself very fortunate! There is nothing like making new friends, but the treasure comes really with those friends who you have “grown up” with! So here’s to all those amazing women in the Bellevue, Washington area. I look forward to the next time our paths meet again! (Of course Courtney has nothing to do with this blog except for the fact that she won’t leave my side since I have returned, so I thought I would include her as well!) I think I see a smile on her face!