Friday, 30 January 2009

Surprise!

Today something small and wonderful happened. I arrived in work in the bookshop, and I found out I wasn't supposed to be in. But instead of going back home, I managed to get tomorrow off instead (as I thought I had). Anyway, the assistant manager gave me the lovely job of dusting the whole shop (!) , "since you're not supposed to be in". I tried to protest, adding to my cause that dust makes my nose itchy for the whole day, but to no avail. So I set off unhappily to dust every shelf, even the top ones. But what do I see while dusting one of those top shelves? A note in a book! An envelope to be precise. I was in the gardening section and the book was The bedside Book of the Garden. For a moment I thought that someone forgot their book there with a note inside. But then I opened it and the enveloped said "For you", with a little rainbow drawing at the bottom of it. Well then, it's for me! I opened it and look what I found inside.
This was the front on the folded letter:
And this was the message inside:

A message saying simply "Your potential is infinite".
Included in the envelope there were also some mysterious seeds.
Obviously I checked that email address and it led me to this blog about a week of events around this art project called Change Dublin, going on now.
But I didn't find any mention of letters being left around the city. So maybe it was actually a lost envelope? Or just a way of publicising the event? I don't know.
To me, though, it felt like a message I need to believe in.
Tomorrow I'll buy a pot and plant the seeds, I can wait to see what they are.

17 comments:

Melody said...

What a surprise, and what a find! I too can't wait to see what the plants will be...

Matt said...

It's a lovely story and what a find! I have found notes and letters that previous have forgotten in used books. It's a warm feeling to be in possession of a book that has been loved.

Chris said...

That's so cool! There's a website (can't think of it right now) that's actually encouraging people to make their own homemade bookmarks and stick them in random books in bookstores and libraries! How cool is that? I'd love to get one of those. They encourage you to make the bookmark pertain to the book you put it in. I can't wait to see what your seeds turn out to be! You have to post a pic when they grow :)

Nymeth said...

I love that art project! Something like that would totally have made my day :) And I need to find that site Chris mentions...I'm kind of tempted to go stick homemade bookmarks in random books now :P

mariel said...

How wonderful! I can see how it would have inspired you. I found notes in books when I worked in the shop, but never anything like that! Do let us know what the seeds turn out to be!

The project Chris posted about can be found at http://www.namelessletter.com/ and you've just inspired me to join in! Thanks for sharing and have a nice day off!

Heather J. said...

what a wonderful pick-me-up! so glad you found something to brighten your day. :)

Serena said...

what a great find and fantastic surprise. SMILE!

Kristina said...

That's so neat! I can't wait to hear what the seeds are!

CHANGE? said...

Hi. I was involved in the project - CHANGE. We wrote about a hundred of those letters altogether and planted them around the city. In planting them we set out to change someone's day, even if it just meant making them smile. The same group also handed out daffodil bulbs in Trinity College. There's an exhibition of work from CHANGE tomorrow at the Project Arts Centre, and you'll be able to find out about the rest of the work we did this week. I'm glad you enjoyed the letter, and that you decided to plant the seeds =]

Memory said...

That's the nicest thing!

valentina said...

Melody, me too! even though I haven't got the pot yet:(

Matt, this was the first time was me at it was really special

Chris, I want to do one too! I saw some of them on the website and they were cool:)

Ana, I'm tempted too but I have to get a cool idea before doing it:P

Mariel, thanks for the link, I checked it out, and I think it's a great idea!

Heather,and Serena, yes! Especially after I was given that dreadful dusting job!

Kristina, if I manage to let the seeds grow I will post a picture here!

Oh Hello "change"! that was a wonderful idea, I hope everyone else who got it was so happy as I was. It definitely made my day. Unfortunately I'm working tomorrow so I'll have to skip the exhibition.

Memory, it was! :)

Debi said...

Oh Valentina, that is one of the coolest stories I've ever heard! Please be sure to share a photo when your seeds grow!

Callista said...

Wow that's so cool! I like the idea of leaving notes in books from the library to pass on to others but yours is even better!

Shooting Stars Mag said...

That is seriously amazing. I hope the plant has a very long life!! :)

-Lauren

Lenore said...

That is the coolest story I've heard all month (at least!).

valentina said...

I'm glad you liked this story guys! it still makes me smile when I think about it. I'll keep you updated with the progresses of my little plants. But don't expect too much, I'm rubbish at gardening!

Darla D said...

That is a wonderful story. Who says dusting isn't rewarding? :-)