Friday, March 28, 2008
My Husband, the Reader
Joy, one of the winners from a recent contest, emailed me today and said how much fun it is to receive books in the mail. She's right. No matter how many times I receive a book, or a box of books, it's always exciting. It reminded me that one reason I married my husband was because of his excitement when books arrived in a delivery.
I met Jim at the Huron Public Library in Ohio. Jim's a reader. He was in the library every few days to pick up a couple more books. We would talk about books, and he was always as excited about new books as I was. I let him come behind the desk when I opened new boxes of books, so he could see the new arrivals. I first realized how much I liked him when he went to Florida for the winter. I said to my staff, "I miss Jim Holstine. He's the only person who gets as excited about new books as I do."
Jim and I still spend evenings reading. When my father-in-law was alive, he would come out of his room, and say, "It sure is quiet in here." Jim's response was, "We got married to read."
Here's to everyone who takes pleasure in the arrival of a new book. Here's to you, Jim!