yesterday i won a bet! about a week ago herself dragged me off to our local library. m is an inveterate researcher and she had questions about village history. myself ... i felt that visiting the local library would be a complete waste of time! for one thing, the place is tiny, for another it is only open for a few hours on some days of the week. my imagination conjured up a disinterested, part time librarian... my demanding new yorker !... well, who needs such aggravation? however, herself is a fair challenge to my indolent habits. after some discussion, i reluctantly agreed to accompany her. somewhat sulkily i must admit.
i was wrong! the local library was perfect, very small but positively stacked with delicious books. the librarian assured me that she could order any book my heart desired. herself addressed the question of local history and lo... local librarian has spent two years of her life researching and writing our village history. she has tales and fables, truth and myth and photographs of the past and how it was. local, part time librarian is a font of knowledge and eager to share.
we hear tales of witches, mermaids, curses and ship wrecks... we are royally entertained, the library remains open past closing time as herself and the part time librarian delve into the distant past.
local history and gossip, who could ask for more. apparently there is an ancient shipwreck in the bay and when the tide is out, the masts are visible.
yesterday herself expressed a need to drive down to the water and read (there is a rather noisy job of work being executed at my place of residence and her tender, sensitive, opera singer's hearing was being abused by the constant hammering!). i parked the car and took myself off for a wee walk about and a cigarette. i returned and my lady was not reading but exercising her brain with a sudoko puzzle. i settled down with my book, enjoying the warmth of the sun shining through the car windows. herself ... she dozed off, i may well have closed my eyes for an instant. time passes. my lady awakes and expresses a desire to WALK along the beach. such an opportunity should never be ignored, i positively leap from the rav. and so ... we find ourselves wandering along the shore. myself collecting the multi hued pebbles which decorate the sand and herself collecting shells. herself... "do you think that is the wreck ... over there? me ... "nah, tides not out, wreck wouldn't be right up on the shore!" herself... "wanna bet" note to reader... herself considers me a bit of a "know it all", she might be right ... possibly. me... "sure, you can buy me a twisted if that is the wreck" heself... (pretty damn sure she is right!) "make it something worthwhile" me... "like what?" herself... "a dessert at the garden centre". whew heavy stuff man! still, my new glasses and my common sense assure me that no way could the bronx babe be right. me ... "ok, lets walk" herself... "i dunno, maybe not now. it looks like a long way, i kinda need the bathroom." me... "heh! ...chicken?"
we walked... i was right... no wreck! man! i can taste that banoffee pie already ;-)
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