I was just popping in for a few minutes at the library when one of my new favorite librarians hailed me over to see what she’d found at a garage sale?!
I come from a long line of people who want to trust others, but just don’t. It’s an affliction we wear with humor and secrecy. I’m not a rock or an island. I’m a small time farmer/writer so I don’t get out much, but when I do I’m always surprised at how well I’m treated, especially at the Saratoga Library.
When on an ordinary day you suddenly have all of your questions answered about a little piece of the world you’re creating for your characters handed to you in a single brilliant bit of happenstance you have to wonder about the hidden workings of the universe (or as we old-fashioned Christians might say–God). I believe God hands out talents, but that’s for another day.
This librarian stacked five crumbling out-of-print books on my table before remembering that she’d purchased this hotel booklet. Buck Crenshaw has an eventful stay there in the summer of 1889. I’d been gathering bits and pieces but what great delight I felt when the librarian who hardly knows me said I could borrow from her personal collection this perfect book! (she also gave me the email for the contact person holding a rare house tour at Yaddo who is looking for volunteers–who will get in for free–and the email for a lady who volunteers her time doing FREE proofreading for local authors!). What a day!
I think God may be telling me to act nicer to others . . .
7 responses to “When People Get Nice On You”
I’m with you. People are surprising–both directions. That librarian is a keeper.
I love this post! Wonderful photos and a lesson!
Thank you! 🙂
Very nice. Thanks for dragging out all the old illustrations.
Thank you. I love them very much.
What a great find!! Saratoga back in the day!
I have gained so much more enthusiasm for Saratoga since beginning my research. I always wondered why people made such a big deal of “The Season” but now I get the tradition of it. Thank God for the people of the towm who adored their history and in so many ways have helped preserve it–though I wish the big old hotels still existed. Hope you’re well.