Saturday, December 31, 2011
A Beginning of a New Time
I've just finished reading Country Chronicle by Gladys Taber (1976, American Reprint Company, ISBN#0-89190-596-0). I had been invited to be the first patron of our local public library to read the book when it arrived because it had been ordered as one of several in memory of my mother. When asked how I would like the plate inside the book to read, I requested the following dedication: "In memory of Barbara Naidl - A library volunteer who loved the words of Gladys Taber." And as Mom loved Mrs. Taber's words, so do I. I see our mutual admiration for her writing as yet another aspect of Mom that remains alive in me. With the end of the year approaching in just hours and the fresh face of a new year holding promise and opportunity, I think of Gladys Taber's closing thoughts in Country Chronicle: "It is not an ending as a season draws to a close but only a beginning of a new time." And so it is indeed with the passing of seasons or years or of someone we have loved so dearly. The beginning of a new time. Many thanks to you for reading this blog and for providing such supportive comments and encouragement. You make my little experiment just that much more fun and rewarding. I look forward to our continued communication in the new year. A toast to new beginnings and new times. Happy New Year!