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26 November 2015 @ 05:59 pm
Thanks-giving  
Home. Four letters that say so much. After dragging the suitcases into the living room, I began the last "chore": unpacking. Filled the washer with the first load. Tossed the rest into the hamper for later this weekend (I was on the road for 2 weeks, so there was more dirty launch than usual). Then I began putting together all the myriad pieces of paper with notes-things to do next week, names of new colleagues, ideas for next year. Despite having three devices with me most of the time, there always seems to be a plethora of notes to gather. The books came last. There were the 4 I had packed for the trip, now read and needing review. And finally, the 10 books I. Fought home.

That's right, I said 10. I have seen others post about more than 100 books. I brought home 10. The others were handed to teachers for their classroom libraries. It gave me so much pleasure to see them carry away a book from my pile. Several returned over the course of the ALAN Workshop for more. There is so much thanks in giving. So much joy. So much reward. I hope these books find their ways into the hands of readers. I already have bags of books to float on to schools in my neck of the woods. The time for weeding is approaching. Make way for 2016.

Today was a wonderful morning spent with family and friends, friends who have become family. This afternoon was time for Scout cuddles. Tonight it is almost like any other night except for this still strong feeling of thanks and joy. May it stay strong in the days and weeks to come.




I think some books might just be the way to hold on to these feelings...