It’s Otterly Good

These places are time machines, spaceships, story-makers, secret-keepers. They are dragon-tamers, dream-catchers, fact-finders, and safe places. They are full of infinite possibilities and tales worth taking home. – Jen Campbell, The Bookshop Book

It’s been almost two months since my operation and I’m happy to report that I’m starting to walk normal. Still feel like a zombie in motion but each day I know I’m walking better. So exciting! So relieving! Just have to make sure I don’t push myself like I tend to. 

I was recently interviewed for Middlebury College’s newspaper, The Middlebury Campus. I had a great conversation/interview with Florence Wu who asked questions that I generally don’t get asked. Thought provoking quesetions. She took amazing photos of the store which, I feel, captured the soul of the store. You can read the article here: https://middleburycampus.com/56567/local/barbara-harding-i-bought-a-bookstore-and-quit-my-job/

One picture she took was of me standing. I first looked at it and thought but that doesn’t look natural. I was shocked and dismayed in how I looked. But then I looked again and realized, no, she got me in the early stages of healing. I’m standing straight! I’m standing without leaning on something or favoring my right leg.  I’m standing on both feet. How exciting. I am starting to shelve again! (And lose weight!)

The store is doing well with new arrivals. Storage area and boxes are getting emptied. Life is going well!

Hold up your head! You were not made for failure, you were made for victory. Go forward with a joyful confidence.George Eliot

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