Stranger 16 – Part I…
I’m a serial book buyer.
In attempts to be more cost conscious, I went and got a library card a few years ago. I gave it a fair shot, but honestly, I have a hard time giving the books back after I’ve read them. I like to showcase them on my bookshelf like beastly trophies fresh from the taxidermist.
This drives my wife crazy. She loves that I read, she just wants me to reduce my consumption and borrow instead of buy. As much as I tell her I’m going to stop buying, I just can’t stop myself from going to Chapters and returning home with the latest book. My wife has developed an expert eye and is quick to notice when my reading queue grows by a few inches.
‘Did you get another book?” She asks rhetorically, shaking her head as if she already knows the answer.
“Yeah, but it’s the last one for a while” I say sheepishly, fully knowing the whole time that I’m really not telling the truth.
I think she might be on to me.
Despite all of this, I found myself walking through the aisles at Chapters for the second time this week. Curiously scanning the biographies, perusing through the self-help section and reading the backs of all the ‘books with a buzz’ became quite exhausting. I decided to take a break and stroll around and locate a stranger.
I spotted him immediately. Standing in the home and garden section, he was flipping through a book. Dressed in jeans he had a rugged, charismatic, man’s man look to him and a soft gentle voice that reverberated kindness.
1)What is your dream job?
“I don’t know. Honestly, I don’t know. I’ve been thinking about that lately and I really don’t have a clue. Honestly, I’ve been batting around that question for the last year, so I just don’t know. If I knew, I’d pursue it but I just don’t have a clue.”
2)What fulfills you? “My animals I guess. I’ve got a farm just outside of town. I look after horses and we do dog rescue and stuff like that. It’s the unconditional love I guess.”
3)What is your greatest fear?
“Speaking in public. Oh yeah! I did it in university and I just died. I don’t know it’s just completely exposing or something, it’s tough.”
Check back Wednesday for part II…