“Maybe he’s stopping short of “you’re welcome”, because he’s really just doing his job,” I replied. A shrugging, “no sweat” acknowledgement that yeah, he’d been helpful, but he was paid to be helpful, and besides that, it had been a pretty nice day filled with relatively happy people.
I’ll start by thanking Jackie Johnston. She was not just doing her job when she surprised me with an outstandingly warm shout-out on her own personal blog, JayeWalking.com. The night before last, I finally got around to writing a blog post about book lovers. I’d been crafting it in my head for a while, and I’d interviewed Jackie, who is a publicist for Nashville book publisher Thomas Nelson, a couple weeks ago.
I count Jackie among my “friends in waiting” – women I’ve grown to admire through digital circles, with whom I already share a good many friends in common, and with whom a “real life” relationship seems imminent. Right before I went to bed, I sent her the link as a head’s up. By 7:30 the next morning, she’d posted this on her own blog. I was very touched by the generosity of her post, as well as the comments that followed and the friends of both of ours who forwarded our links around to others.
Among the comments to my book lovers post was one from longtime friend and former colleague Kathi Chavez, whose husband died last year after many years struggling with leukemia. Kathi, who is a voracious reader, thanked me for arranging for her to have books when her husband was ill and she could not get to the library. “Reading is as vital to me as breathing,” she wrote.