Sunday, April 18, 2010
Lunch in Paris
I delivered library books last week to one of my favorite customers. Her name is Bee, she is 93 years old, and she is a delight. We sat and talked about what she had been reading and she said she had read in bed until 2:00 a.m. the previous night and had been "transported to Paris." She told me that she has always loved a book that can take her to another world. She doesn't complain about her life, but certainly has an awareness of her age and frailties - the realities of this world.
I was charmed by her girlish enthusiasm, and could picture her curled up under her covers following the Parisian romance that unfolded on the pages before her.
She gave me the book to return to the library and I told her I would probably check it out for myself. I did.
I am now reading Lunch in Paris, A Love Story with Recipes by Elizabeth Bard and am being swept away by the tale. Next week, Bee and I will compare notes. Almost 40 years separate us in age, but a good book dissolves the years and brings us together as nothing else can.