Thursday, January 1, 2009

Bring on 2009!

Hi, all. I didn't really want to check on how long it's been since I abandoned you the last time I posted, but then I checked anyway: it seemed like a million years, but it turns out it wasn't quite two weeks, which for me isn't that long of a gap. The good news hiding inside my tenuous grip on the passage of time is that it got so busy at the store that it felt like there would be no end to it--even though, alas, I knew to treasure every single $1500 day. We were slammed, crazy-busy with lines of people at the register at the high points in the day. I haven't run the numbers on the month yet (the store's closed today) but I suspect I'm going to find we're still down from last December: everyone is, all through retail, and I don't have any reason to believe we're different, but it wasn't for lack of customers. The month started slow, and we didn't have as many large sales, but I'm pretty sure we had at least as many transactions as last year. This is good, whatever financial stuff comes down the pike. We're doing something right, if people in the 'hood are choosing to bring their dollars to us when dollars are scarcer.

I'm not going back to last New Year's Day in any kind of archival way, but I suspect, without looking, that it sucked royally, and last January went downhill from there. This year, I'm feeling okay. It's been a better start, anyway. I've been living my life pretty intensely these past few years, and 2008 was up there for intensity. In the lows I was a furious, sobbing, wreck, curled tighly into myself, unreachable: the highs were like sunshine and chocolate and swimming a mile and the feel of your baby's cheek under your lips. The work I did getting from the first to the second was really fucking hard, not that I was doing it alone--well, that's the point, that's what I had to learn how to do, to uncurl and let myself be reached, to trust the love around me. It's harder than it looks, this trust business. I'm hoping it gets easier, though, that this year the direction is uphill, not down. I'm hoping, I'm hoping.

6 comments:

jo(e) said...

Hoping with you.

Songbird said...

Me, too.

Phantom Scribbler said...

You know I'll be yanking you uphill as hard as I can.

S. said...

Jo(e) and Songbird, I almost feel like I need to hold my breath straight through January, since it's been so good at knocking me down. But I *want* to hope for a better year, so I am. Hunh. I guess that's faith. Hunh. How about that?

Phantom. Yes. Yes, I do know that. I'll be hanging on.

The Goldfish said...

Happy New Year S.! Also congratulations on such a good December in your shop. I personally got more books this Christmas than I can ever remember getting.

As far as January is concerned, I have often sucuumbed to an infection at this time (there are a lot of them about) that has wiped out the month. So every year I take note of when Chinese New Year is, and make a point of celebrating that and calling that my new start. This year it's 26th January, which is a little early. But several cultures have a new year in March.

kathy a. said...

best in this new year! hoping along with you.