Last week I got my handbag back. Retrieved from my library by brave team leaders, it contained a number of important things like my driver’s licence and wallet and cellphone. But the thing that made me happiest was the unexpected rediscovery of a ring in one of the pockets. It’s ridiculously huge, shaped like a star, and covered in rainbow diamantes. Every time I look at it, it makes me smile. And I figure that’s a pretty good deal right now.
Like standing in a busy library (even if it’s not my regular one), and watching people hang out and spend time with friends and family, borrow books and music and movies, and have coffee together.
Like hearing librarians say they are finally beginning to enjoy reading again, and discussing their books choices (Barbara Trapido’s Sex and Stravinsky – mostly great but with a less-than-average ending; Rachael King’s Magpie Hall – a great read; F G Cottam’s The Waiting Room – beautifully written ghost story).
Like unpacking boxes of shiny new books and sending them off to people who have been waiting for them.
Like reading on a national news website that the Australian Women’s Weekly Children’s Birthday Cake Book is being re-released.
Like … well, what’s made you happy recently?