Greenwich Free Library

February Newsletter

How Do We Love Thee?

Elizabeth Barrett Browning was a poet who walked the romantic talk. Her correspondence, courtship and marriage to poet Robert Browning were carried on in secret because she feared her father's disapproval. Once discovered, she was indeed disinherited. She responded by moving to Italy to live out the rest of her days and write poetry with the great love of her life.


Most of our stories are not nearly as swoon-worthy. My husband and I always told our son that we were introduced by a mutual friend. Until the boy became an adult, we left out the fact that the friend was a bartender who was working at the time. Any poetry floating around was likely courtesy of MC Hammer .


While not often the subjects of sonnets, our lives are shaped by many loves: for friends, family and community. We love our pets and we love our hobbies. Around here, we love our volunteers and our patrons. Sure, working with the books and movies is a wonderful bonus but it is the people who make this a place to love. And we go home with lots of great stories.


A patron who is a retired jeweler noticed that my wedding ring (Thank you Mr. Hammer) was very tight and, when I said I couldn't get it off, offered to cut it off and resize it. I still have all my digits and can now dramatically cast off the ring if this 30-year experiment fails.


The other day, I was talking with one of those people who really do seem to know something about almost everything. He was sort of apologizing for making a smaller contribution to our annual fund this year. I responded that, while we need the big checks, we are grateful in a different way for the small donations from supporters who don't have a lot to give. He reminded me of the story of the Widow's Mite and I ended up having an unexpected, thoughtful and thought-provoking discussion about giving from the heart.


We have gotten a lot of words of encouragement and appreciation along with your Annual Fund donations this year and they really warm our hearts. The campaign finishes up at the end of January and we still have $1,200 to raise to get our full $10,000 match. So, if you'd like to contribute, there's still time to show the love!


Best wishes for lots of love to warm the cockles of your heart during this cold month. If you're in need of inspiration, we have poetry and lots of romance novels!


-Annie

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