My "vacation" that's not a vacation, but full of such a sense of accomplishment thus far. This nondescript photo shows an entire day's work moving three shelves, a side table, and what felt like 1000 books from the cluttered rooms downstairs to the upstairs hallway.
Repositioning carpets, brainstorming ways to make Mom's room more a bedroom and less of an office that's filled to the brim, laughing and bickering and then laughing again, remembering our departed family members, all while a massive thunderstorm caused flash floods outside. What a day! And then eventually, way past midnight, crawling into our respective beds, almost giddy from this seemingly tiny, but actually massive feat.
My great-grandfather Hagop Oshagan was a well-known Armenian writer. Hagop's son Vahé was also a writer, and his daughter, my grandmother Anahid, was for many years the headmistress at a school in Amman, Jordan. My parents both earned PhDs and both taught, my mother is still an English professor now, and has been a teacher since 1965! To see and hear her reaction to some of the books as we went through the edit process was to witness a kind of love that is eternal.
A love of books, of what feeds the mind and fuels the imagination. It is worth every achy muscle in my exhausted body to contribute to a setup where she can live in that love even more than she already does. Yes. 😀📚 And we'll get up and do it again tomorrow, I feel like there's over 10,000 books in this house. 😳🙂 I love you, be well. ☮❤️📖 @tamar.salibian #Home #Mom #DIY #HomeDesign #Brain #ChildlessMother #Armenian #PhD #FuturePhD #Books #ReadBooks #Read #HagopOshagan #Literature #Family #EmotionalFitness #IntellectualFitness #Service #StrongerThanYesterday #InteriorDesign #HereToHelp #TheDancingScholar #SmallJoysWorthALot