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Oh really??

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!

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Be a gift…

This morning when I was driving home from yoga I saw a great license plate that said simply: Be a gift.  Hmmm, I love that!  Who doesn’t like to receive a gift, but how much better to be the gift!  The picture above is of one of my students Rochelle who is a snowbird.  Meaning she lives part of the time in Palm Desert and part of the year in Seattle.  I have been teaching Rochelle for about two years now and Rochelle is such a gift to me.  Not only does she write beautiful stories and poems, but after every class, she looks me in the eyes and says, “That was wonderful, great material.” (or something along those same lines!) 

I like to call Rochelle my Jewish mother.  She always dresses impeccable and has such great taste.  I know she is a gift to me and my life in so many ways.  I am excited that I will be spending 4 days with her up in Seattle teaching a workshop for her friends and I look forward to seeing her at her home.  So Rochelle, thank you for being such a great example of what it means to be a gift to another person.  You have gifted me with your love and wisdom for two years now and you are a great example of a woman who lives with grace and integrity.  I am so glad you are a part of my world.

Today in your writing list some ways that you can be a gift to others this week.  I have been working on my list and number one on my list is that today I am going to go visit my 93 year old student, Melitas and her “warden” Alba and I will be making them my famous and spectacular homemade Macaroni and Cheese by request.  If you remember the last time I made it for them was on Mother’s Day…can you believe they loved it so much they ate it for 4 or 5 days in a row??? Wow!!  Time to adjust my bow and head over to be a gift!

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Tammy L. Coia is an AWA Affiliate, certified to lead workshops in the AWA method as described in Writing Alone & With Others by Pat Schneider, Oxford University Press.


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