In New England a soft rainfall allows us time for inner calm and attention to indoor projects and chores. When the sun shines, we think “carpe deum” (seize the day). Yesterday, a scheduled visit to Titcombe Book Shop in Sandwich afforded just that.
I met with Titcombe Book Shop owner, delightful Nancy Titcombe. Her kitchen is through a rear door in the bookshop. So cozy and welcoming, I almost expect the tea kettle to be on a quiet simmer.
It is difficult for me to walk directly through a bookshop without perusing the aisles. I made a mental note to check the book of letters to Jackie Kennedy and Caroline’s new book.
I spread out the additions to Andi’s People whimsical collection of cards and greetings, excited about all that is new. I’m eager to hear Nancy’s news since our last visit and she listens with interest to the news of my children…one now a Sophomore at St. Michael’s in Vermont and two lined up to graduate from high school with their own pending college decisions.
I leave with an order, one more to add to my stack to process.
Sandwich Beach beckons. As I leave the parking lot and head north on Rt. 6A, I take a quick right. My eyes dart to one charming Cape Cod cottage after another. When I reach the waterfront road, I turn left and admire the cottages lined up on the beachfront. A “For Sale” sign in front of one cottage is an invitation to explore the view from the rear.
A sandy path down to the beach is too hard to resist. The sea air is delicious and I fill my soul with its goodness. Not a soul in sight as I gaze in both directions. ‘The magic of the off-season’, I think to myself.
Back in my car I meander in the other direction. A sign catches my attention. I think of my website. It is coming, I am promised. I am waiting patiently.
I can’t wait to share it with you.
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