FARMINGTON – If there is anything that calls upon even the most feckless of us to pause and reflect it is the 25th Anniversary party for one’s bookstore. At least that’s what I found. We pour effort into our lives into particular vessels, and some hold the effort more than others.
A community oriented bookstore is a particularly retentive vessel. It is in the knitting I think. There are so many strands, friendships with customers, community partnerships, school partners, staff friendships, a cornucopia of joint efforts and gestalt rewards offer so many layers of interwoven meaning to strengthen the innate character of our enterprise which is, after all, sharing books, sharing vessels of meaning.
In 25 years you’ve had plenty of time to talk Russian literature with someone you once picked out board books for. You’ve helped pick out a get well card for a customer and then discovered that the card is for someone who has become very dear to you over the years so that you pick one out for her yourself and send it along. It is little wonder that the bookstore captures the effort poured into it so well and so dynamically.
Enough of the deep stuff, here are some photos! Thanks to everyone who attended and all the folks who couldn’t make it. Your business means the world to me.