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March 13, 2018

Tuesday’s are my day off, and despite the rain, I ran some errands today, including driving across town to my parents house. Before stopping there, I grabbed coffee and went into my favorite used book store.

This store takes used books and gives you credit. The credit then allows you to take 50% off your next purchase. I have a running credit there. I’ve literally had it since I was 10. For 27 years I’ve brought books in and rarely left without purchasing more. My dad even goes in there and buys books using my credit because I have so much. (I buy best sellers on discount from eBay and then after reading I take the used shop. They don’t usually have current hardcover best sellers at the shop, but I get the most credit possible buy bringing them in after reading. It’s a win-win.)

Today I was looking though the stacks after leaving my bag of trade-ins at the front counter. I ended up chatting with the owners for 45 minutes. This was not in my game plan today. While I was trying to figure out how to politely leave, I also reminded myself that there was a reason for this. It was the universe that planted me there for the conversation for one reason or another. I took a deep breath and just accepted that I was going to be late getting to my folks. Usually on my Tuesday’s off I try to interact with people as little as usual. Today my presence was needed and I just stood and listen. I got a good earful of their life stories. Made me appreciate their little business more. Made me value where I’m spending my money, and today, where I spent my time.

After I got to my folks (and finished my coffee) my mom had me go though her china cabinet and take a few things home with me. I really didn’t want to do this. I felt weird about it. I know my parents are getting older, but still… Dad was glad I took a decanter that had matching glasses. My great-aunt purchased the set in England, and then my grandma had them after she passed. My dad felt that my brother and his wife wouldn’t appreciate them, he also knew that we’d actually use the set. That seemed to make him and my mom happy that I was willing to make space for the items in my home. Even though I don’t really have the space just at the moment.

Today I am grateful for:

1) being found entertaining and interesting by my 6 year old niece.

2) dad jokes.

3) my mom’s need to give.


From → daily gratitudes

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