Monday, May 07, 2007

Another Bookish Matter

As well as today's review (see below) I have another "literary" matter to address.

Someone — who shall remain nameless — gave me a wonderful, amazing gift.


Knowing I have a full plate (a euphemism for coping with a major life change…which is itself a euphemism…) she sent me an autographed copy of Michael Ondaatje’s new book Divisadero.

Thrilled? Oh, yeah. Big smile, happy dance, showing it off to everyone who comes in the house — you name it.

A little reminder, folks — random acts of kindness make the world of difference in people’s lives. In fact, they make the world a marvelous place to be.

(Not that we have a choice as to where to be…)

Many, many thanks — nameless someone.

10 comments:

Rebecca said...

How nice! I love random acts of kindness stories. I used to read them in the Star online and get teary-eyed.

On a completely unrelated matter, your marmot is my tuna casserole. Guess what the lunch special is today?

Beth said...

rebecca:
Oh, you sentimental thing, you...
But - most certainly - those acts of kindness make such a difference.

Hmm...the lunch special...could it be what I was thinking of making for dinner tonight - influenced no doubt by your post?
I think I'll do something different. This is all getting too weird.

Trish said...

Lucky You! A lot of my favourite books have been given as gifts...I think sometimes people know us better than we know ourselves.

Beth said...

trish:
I rarely get books as gifts. People are either afraid I've already read it or that it's not to my "taste."
That makes this gift extra special! (As is the person who gave it.)

oreneta said...

Beth, I am so glad...there is nothing quite the same as a gift like that. Kindness is what I keep trying to instill in my kids, if you've got that down, chances are most everything else is falling into place.

Beth said...

oreneta:
Wonderful! That's exactly what I've tried to teach my boys - "Be Kind."
(I think I mentioned this somewhere on this blog.)
Such simple words to live by - and such a difference they can make.

Princess Pointful said...

I just looked at the city library and found there to be over 100 people in line to read that novel! I am more inclined to pay the $30. Looking forward to the review- I love Ondaatje.

Beth said...

princess pointful:
Oh, you're as bad as I am. There are some books you just cannot wait for...

patricia said...

How wonderful for you! I think there should be a campaign out there encouraging people to send their friends books instead of say, flowers as a 'cheer-up' gift. Personally, I would love it. Flowers are lovely, but a good book will last a lifetime...

Beth said...

patricia:
For sure! Receiving flowers has never given me such a thrill as this gift did.