Have you ever noticed when people help each other out

when they show compassion…when they show they care

when they do something nice for one another

there’s a kind of magic in the air.


Faced with the coronavirus…a virus the world can no longer ignore

the restaurant next to our bookstore decided to close its doors.


I was behind the counter in the bookstore 

There was only a young mother and her daughter in the children’s nook

where they sat on the floor together…quietly reading books.


While they were keeping busy reading and I was at the counter…occupied

the owner of the restaurant that was closing …happened to walk inside.


“We are closed.” she said to me with, I must say, the most cheerful attitude

Then asked, since they could no longer use it…if I would want some food.


She quickly returned with three bags of food

I thanked her and thought…I really can't believe it…

she seemed as happy to give me her food…as I was to receive it.


I set the bags behind the counter as the young mother and daughter left the nook

then came up to the counter to purchase their new books.


As they stood in front of me…I guess I got caught up in the mood…

I told them about the restaurant and asked if they could use some food.


As it turned out they were adopting a baby that very day…

and had just driven in from Tennessee

They noticed our bookstore on their way to buy food for the kitchen of their B and B.


Let me save you a trip, I said handing her the 3 bags of food

“Thank you.” she said. “this is wonderful…I really can’t believe it.”

I smiled…as happy to give her the food…

as she was to receive it…


With the virus wreaking havoc…on every person…everywhere.  

It’s nice to know we can still find moments…


when there is magic in the air.

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