I was chatting with a donor earlier this week, and she was telling me about her recent trip to get the oil changed in her car. She brought her usual companion to the garage: a library book. To keep the oversized paperback from getting dirty, she carefully wrapped the book in Saran plastic wrap, bringing it home thereafter in the same shape it was in upon check-out.
Another donor, the proud mother of a toddler, lovingly told me how weary she is of reading the same books every night. Most parents are familiar with this “problem,” a child so enamored with a book that no others can satisfy. The mother joked that she’s never wanted to set a book on fire until now, but I could hear in her voice, of course, that familiar sparkle, that deep well of love she holds for her child and those moments they get to spend together.
Wrapping a book in Saran wrap, to me, demonstrates a love of reading, a reverence for books, and problem-solving skills that I would expect to find in our donors. It also demonstrates a consideration and care for a book that will be passed and shared with others. I hope that all of you are taking the same care of yourselves as this donor took with her book - taking time for yourselves and connecting with others, reading and re-reading favorite books, and finding joy in the smallest, brightest things both inside and outside of your homes.
My wife and I, like many others, have been taking many daily walks. Not only has this new ritual been a great chance to get exercise, feel the sun, and spend time together, it has also been a daily return to the little joys of nature and of life. A few evenings ago, as we walked around the lake, we saw a family of geese: two parents and three little goslings, still yellow and fuzzy and swimming close to their parents’ sides. It’s difficult to look at something so young, so new to this world and not smile. Though far from a typical spring, it is spring, nonetheless. The trees are now green, the air is warmer, the sun hotter. Though life for humans has been so drastically altered, nature is continuing on its course. Spring is here, and babies are being born. Life is blooming all around us. This pandemic, too, will eventually run its course, and pass.