“He had set up his keyboard by the French windows… was playing as if he were in a dream. The tune was there, and then it was gone, swept away by a new theme. It lifted you up and drifted you around like the petals from a cherry tree, floating here and there. A rare talent.”
– Veronica Heley, False Report
The phone call came on a day suddenly showery with snow… like a sweet valentine message. A new book I’d been waiting so long for, finally in, ready for pickup! And extra nice – because it is hot off the publisher’s press – the book is clean… pristine…untouched… as from the bookstore. Not often the case with library books. I want to dive in, but also to savor. Ms. Heley’s books always go so fast.
So I force myself to read a little bit slower. Catch myself and re-read a line or two when lush words leap out at me.
Like those in the quote above.
I let myself imagine the sweet and melancholy music she is describing… and in her lovely words… can almost hear it.
Valentines. Sometimes they come to us out of the blue…in the pages of a story…in the lilt of a song…in the giggle of a baby. Messages of heart… sent by the Author of Love.
My favorite kind.
Have you received any unexpected “valentines” today?
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