This is a very emotional time of year for me, the combination of the holidays and the anniversary of our move into the new building four years ago is pretty overwhelming. On the one hand it is hard to believe that it has been four years, on the other hand: I keep looking around wondering when we are going to finish unpacking? Perhaps in another four years….
The thing is no matter how difficult the transition of life and the bookstore without both my parents (and business partners) has been, when I look around me, I am stunned by gratitude. The building isn’t falling down, wonderful people walk in the door everyday, fascinating books turn up in boxes as we unpack and I am fortunate to work with some of the most amazing people I know. It’s pretty darn incredible. But I am truly cognizant that all of that is dependent upon you, walking in the door and getting books from us. I know that is what keeps the doors open and the lights on and lets me employ these fabulous people. So thank you.
It’s been a great year with art shows, piano music, book readings, puppet shows, and heavy discussion. It’s also had some pretty significant challenges and losses. But in the balance, it’s been wonderful. Thank you very, very much for making that possible. Perhaps this year we will finish the second floor and maybe get unpacked. But whether we do or not, I will still wake up every morning grateful to get to come open the doors. Thank you so much for all of this. Gwenyfar