Ah, new love. That blissful getting-to-know-you haze of a new relationship. That time when your relationship is nothing but potential, when you wonder if you've truly found "the one." Okay, I just celebrated my 11th Valentine's Day with my husband (for most of them we were not yet married), but that doesn't mean I don't remember that feeling... and I'm pretty sure that's what the BWG is feeling right now for Reeves Library.
Reeves, like many crushes, probably doesn't return our feelings, but Reeves treats us well, which is just what we need after the brutal dumping we received from the dreaded ex. We just had our second date... er... meeting at Reeves, and so far we're very, very happy. Reeves offers all sorts of amenities that our ex did not... tables... plentiful chairs... lots and lots of electric outlets... I mean, it might be a bit early to pronounce Reeves as "perfect" but perhaps we should talk about bringing it home to meet our parents.
Of course, as is the case with any break-up, we had to make some new friends to fill the void left by mutual acquaintances who chose "Team Ex." In the case of this particular new relationship, those "friends" are obviously of a more corporate nature. For example, looking around the table (a table, can you believe it?) I noticed the logos on the coffee cups have changed, but change is good, especially when that change means leaving an ex who never really loved you in the first place.
In all seriousness, there is something so right about a writers group meeting at a library. It's wonderful to be able to read our stories without worrying about customers trying to get to the shelves behind us, or randomly stopping to listen to our unpolished drafts. And, in the current "Indie vs. Big Box Store" climate, it's much more politically correct to meet in Switzerland. As writers, we want to be able to promote ALL bookstores, and it's a lot easier to do so when we don't call one "home."
Of course, the BWG's relationship with Reeves is a college relationship, and it will be interesting to see what summer brings. When the library's hours change, will we be able to maintain a long distance relationship through those hot months?
But, right now, who cares? There's snow on the ground, and yesterday's roses are still bright and fragrant. Why spoil the early days of a relationship by worrying about The Future.
So, if you'll excuse me, I think I'm going to go write Reeves name in my notebook a few times.