Last year my favorite counter guy from my favorite cafe came into WORD at Christmas looking to buy a book for his mom. (Presumably WORD is his favorite bookstore. We’ll just say it is.) I was delighted to help him because he has been so nice to me over the years and has made me many delicious coffee treats. Also, you know, who doesn’t love to have a sense of community? Also, you know, sons buying things for their moms. Also, you know, books.
He told me that he buys a book every year for his mom for Christmas, and it’s kind of a big deal when he picks one out for her. He likes to find just the right one. And I was like, “Is your mom cool?” And he was like, “Yes, my mom is so cool!” And I said, “Well, have I got a book for you then.”
Patti Smith had been in the store the day before and had signed some copies of Just Kids and they had been snapped up quickly. But I knew there was one left and I had been waiting all day to hand sell it to someone special. It was the quickest transaction on the planet. That book was a little holy in that moment. (To be fair, that book always feels a little holy to me.)
Anyway I just saw him for the first time in six months, and I said, “Hey, how did your mom like the book?” And he said, “Oh she loved it. It was a BIG hit.”
And then I wanted to kiss everyone on the planet at once.
I’ll be working again at the store, starting June 30. I hope I’ll see y’all around.