Jim and I were married twenty-five years ago today, October 1, 1983. And, because this is a book blog, I'll tell about our book lives together. For some readers, this might be a retelling. But, after twenty-five years, a book marriage deserves to be celebrated.
Jim and I first met at the Huron Public Library in Huron, Ohio in 1981. I was Director of the library, and his mother sent him in, saying there was a cute new librarian, and he should go in. My children's librarian, Millie Schilman, introduced us, saying "This is Jim Holstine. He's one of our most prolific readers." It turned out, it was fun to talk about books with Jim. I suggested the book that became his all-time favorite, Jeffrey Archer's Not a Penny More, Not a Penny Less. It became his favorite, despite the fact that he never read British authors. He just didn't know Archer was British when I gave him the book.
Jim used to go to Florida every winter. When he was gone, in 1982, I told Millie that I missed Jim Holstine because he was the only person who got as excited about the boxes of new books as I did. I used to let him come behind the counter when I opened the boxes of new books. However, I'd never move him up to the top of the reserve lists. He used to talk Millie into doing that.
Jim and I married on Saturday, October 1, in the meeting room of the Huron Public Library. When we came out afterward, my staff had tied paperback books to the back of the car. We lived in Huron for the next two and a half years. During that time, the author, and the book, that became one of our favorite's, was Leo Buscaglia's
Jim couldn't stand the winters in Ohio, and I wasn't too keen on them either, so in 1986 we moved to Port Charlotte, Florida where I had accepted a job. A year later, I went to the Lee County Library System in Ft. Myers, where I stayed for seventeen years. During that time, Harry, Jim's father, lived with us for ten years. It wasn't unusual for Harry to come out of his room at night, and say, "It sure is quiet out here." Jim's response was always, "We didn't get married to talk. We got married to read."
Jim supported me when I chaired the Authors Programming Committee for the Lee County Reading Festival for five years. Together, we picked up authors, such as Sue Grafton, at the airport. We took Rick Bragg back to his hotel. Jim acted as author escort for Rick Bragg, and then we sat together at lunch with Douglas Brinkley and Rick Bragg, listening to them talk. It's still an experience we talk about.
When I was no longer happy with my job, because of the Library Director, it was Jim who said there was nothing keeping us in Florida. And, it was Jim who first talked to the Director of the Glendale Library System, Rodeane Widom. They spent so much time talking on the phone that I think Rodeane hired me so Jim would move to Glendale, Arizona.
We've been in Arizona for four years now, and we love it here. I have a terrific library staff, and Jim and I both enjoy going to hear authors at The Poisoned Pen Bookstore or Changing Hands Bookstore.
For twenty-five years, Jim has known and enjoyed the people I worked with. In fact, when he threw me a surprise party for my 50th birthday, he worked with my staff here at the Velma Teague Library. He's encouraged me with my blog, my book reviewing, and now, the Reader's Advisory classes I'll be teaching.
For twenty-five years, it's been fun to share a book marriage with Jim.
Happy Anniversary, Jim. Here's to more years of reading together.