It might be a little early to start thinking about Thanksgiving. But then, is it ever really too soon to be thankful?
Even as advancing age silently strips away my ability to storm the dance floor, hit a golf ball or frolic painlessly with my grandchildren’s imaginary superheroes, I’ve come to realize that it’s so much better and healthier to focus on what I still can do and what I still have than what I’ve lost or can’t control.
So, I’d like to focus on just one of the things I’m thankful for today: the library and all the amazing people who share their boundless creativity, energy, and commitment to make life a little richer and knowledge more accessible for so many in our community.
In case you haven’t noticed, it’s not easy being a librarian these days. All the commotion over what books should and shouldn’t grace the library’s shelves isn’t what they signed up for. But, to their vast credit, they continue to create wonderful programs and entertaining events for all of us without missing a beat. I just hope we appreciate it.
And, while I’m being thankful, I would be remiss if I didn’t state my gratitude for the many dedicated volunteers who consistently help the Friends provide financial and emotional support for KDL and the Cascade branch, in particular.
While Father Time has not-so-gently encouraged a number of our most committed and respected volunteers to step aside for health reasons this year, we are blessed to find a deep well of talent to carry on our mission. And, for that, I am most thankful.
I hope you find time, not just at Thanksgiving but each day, to ponder and appreciate the things you have to be thankful for...the things we often tend to take for granted. And, maybe the library is a good place to start.