There is nothing like fresh eggs and the poetry of Ruben Darío to make the world a beautiful place again. Yesterday I almost packed my books and moved to another planet. The media, Facebook and Twitter had done a good job of portraying all that is wrong with humanity: the murders in Charleston, ISIS, Mr. Trump’s xenophobic, political remarks and mothers who murder their children and put them in the freezer! The commentary was the worst – hatred building upon hatred. I was sad and deeply troubled so I did what I always do when my grandchildren are not around to make me smile: I buried myself in poetry.
The book “Azul” by Ruben Dario was a gift from one of my heroines, Vicki Heck, my neighborhood librarian. Her gift was not the book, per se (which was borrowed from the library), but the life she has invested to make sure that people like me enjoy reading good books in our own language. She was the first librarian in King County willing to host a book club in Spanish. Yesterday we finished our second year! Today, thanks to Vicki, there are four more libraries hosting book clubs in Spanish. Slowly but surely the King County library system is enhancing their collection to make more books available in Spanish to the public for free. So far we have read Isabel Allende, Gabriela Mistral, Mario Vargas Llosa, Eduardo Galeano, Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Federico Garcia Lorca and many other wonderful Spanish and Latin-American authors. Last month one of the readers said that it was the first time he read Garcia Marquez and that “It was like eating a delicious candy.”
Last night the group gathered and when I arrived (late!) they announced, excitedly, that Vicki had left me a “surprise.” I immediately went to get it thinking it may be something I could share with the group. It was a dozen eggs! She left a sweet note (which I am sharing) and a photo of her three hens. I am so grateful to Stretchie, Penny and Margo, for kindly laying their eggs so that Vicki could share them with me!
So I’ve decided I will stay put on this planet. I will follow Vicki’s example and do all in my power to open doors and share my bounty. The media will not deprive me of all the candy there is to enjoy: like fresh eggs and poetry.