This weekend, the mantra became real to me as one of my friends in PASLI (Philippine Association of School Librarians) Alma Singian, sent me a photo of a book by Jesl Xena Rae Cruz, Ang Mata ni Migoy (Adarna House 2018) with a dedication meant for me. Here is the photo which Alma sent via Messenger.
I was touched, of course. I did not realize that another person would remember me in such ways. And to be given a book for free is a pleasant surprise, indeed!
Jesl Cruz and I worked in the Early Education Department (EED) of Xavier School in the early 2000s. I was the librarian in the department and she was one of the Nursery teachers. A book lover, she frequented the library asking and requesting for books to put in the reading corner of her classroom. This kind of teacher is a librarian’s natural ally. We were graduate students in the same university then. Her teachers were my teachers. Apparently, life has something else planned for Teacher Jesl that she left Xavier School. I had my turn in 2009.
But we meet again! Not in person but through books and within a community of readers and book lovers.
Let’s all keep the book love alive!