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Sunday, November 27, 2011

The Anguish of Readiness


Getting ready for an event can be nerve-wracking, it can be exciting, it can be fun or full of anxiety or all of the foregoing. One thing must be said about getting ready: it gives you something to do. Sometimes too much to do, but even that can be good. Being ready, on the other hand, with time to spare--that can be frustrating. You want to yell to the stage manager, "What are we waiting for? Curtain up, already!"

Ask Sarah. She'll tell you. When friends begin to arrive, human and canine, that's when we can relax and enjoy ourselves.



At last! Here is Sarah with Fergus and MacDuff, two new friends:


So yes, the audience does arrive, the curtain does go up, the show does go on. And then, suddenly, it's over! Saturday, so long anticipated, was quickly over. The Village Band and Village Voices and townsfolk gathered by the Big Tree. There was music and cheer. And then, at a signal, the lights went on! Good work, Jamie! (Jamie Covert of the Northport Bay Dog and Cat Company organized the day's events.) Good work, musicians! Another day for the archives now....

4 comments:

Dawn said...

Sounds like a good day/night. Tree is lovely too...glad Sarah had company during the event, always good to be able to include the dogs!

P. J. Grath said...

It occurred to me that an Open House is like Thanksgiving dinner--long anticipation, soon over. But I guess many life events fit that description: a wedding, childbirth, birthdays, etc., etc. Maybe it is simply the nature of life for human beings.

Sarah had to take a one-hour break from festivities during Children's Story Hour, as one or two kids had dog issues, but she was back afterwards to meet and greet. A dog who loves the world is a good bookstore dog!

Farshaw@FineOldBooks.com said...

Your bookstore looks so warm and inviting. And the food...!

P. J. Grath said...

Thank you, Helen. Refreshments were cookies, banana chips and chocolate-covered pretzels. I did no baking myself this year.