December 14: Appreciate
[What's the one thing you have come to appreciate most in the past year? How do you express gratitude for it?]
My local library.
Living among words that I could not read made me crave the company of books, a desire partially sated by a thoughtful friend who would slip a few books into my arms each time we met. To make up for lost time, and repair the damage done by reading North & South, I indulge myself with weekly trips to the library.
Despite the shift towards digital readers, one of the first things I did when the boxes were unpacked was stop by my local branch and get my very own library card. Fiction, non-fiction, audio, video…my appetite for library materials is voracious and indiscriminate. One aspect of reading from the library pool that pleases me most is the randomness of what I read. I revel in the choosing from this discreet collection and remind myself of inter-library loan when something is missing that I seek. Sometimes I take an extra moment to wander down the aisle to see if a spine catches my eye and as I walk I inhale the intoxicating scent of aging paper, dust and well worn words.