One of the things I’ve missed the past two years of covid isolation is not going to the bookstore and poking around.
As long as I can remember, going to a bookstore and walking up and down the aisles, looking for a title that might catch my eye, has been one of my favorite pastimes.
This process allows me to find books and topics that might not ever cross into my awareness.
A few weeks ago Maria Popov in her newsletter introduced me to a lovely book. As I read her feature article I felt as though I was standing in my favorite bookstore and had discovered a small gem tucked away on a back shelf.
This book is a best seller, but I didn’t know that. The book appears as if it were created in another era.
The calligraphy and ink drawings drew me into the book.
What kept me reading was the boy’s answer to the mole’s question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?”
“Kind,” said the boy.
“What do you think success is?” asked the boy.
“To love,” said the mole.
So begins a charming book of love and friendship.
I invite you to read this jewel of a book and purchase a copy (or four!) to have as a coffee table book or to give for birthdays or a hostess gift.
You’ll be sowing the seeds of kindness, love and friendship.
And that’s important.