There was a nice man who shared that there was an illness in his family. He wondered whether now was an appropriate time for that sick person to have a dog in her life. My dad and I were able to share the story of how our Golden Retriever, Susie, sat bedside vigil when my mom was dying of cancer. That meant a lot to the man. He bought a book and remarked about how he fortunate he felt to have met us while browsing for dog biscuits, or something of that kind. He came to the store with one thing in mind, but left with what he really needed.
|L to R, Michael, Christopher, Carole and Kevin Walsh with Susie, 1988.|
Similar moments in my life introduced me to books that have had such an impact on me: When Bad Things Happen to Good People, The Prophet and Tuesdays with Morrie.
|L to R, Bob Walsh, Beth Faye, Susan Spielman with Poodle Ginny, Kevin and Samantha Walsh|
Plenty of other folks came into the store and bought books with good cheer. We cheerfully signed and took pictures with them. But the picture I have in my head the day after was the look on that man's face; and his realization that he found what he was looking for in a place that he least expected.