We make decisions every day – our careers, our families – without ever knowing when one of those decisions will change the course of our lives. When I moved to Ann Arbor, MI in July 2006 it was for a job at Borders’ corporate office. It seemed like a straightforward decision to move on a new career trajectory. In hindsight, how silly it seems now to think that’s all it was.
There is nothing like working in the book industry. I was completely unprepared for what it’s like to be surrounded by book people all day, every day. The newest releases were at my fingertips. I was exposed to authors I may never have found otherwise. I was always reading. Everyone I worked with was always reading. Now, when I struggle to decide what to read next, I realize how easy it was to take that culture for granted and how lucky I was to share in it.
But my time at Borders is important for more than the friends I made and the books I read. It’s where I met my husband, Jason. It’s a simple story and my real life fairy tale. It’s a story where a boy fell for a girl and woo’d her with his charm, his humor, his looks and, particularly, his smarts.
I wasn’t looking for love when I moved to Michigan and started working for Borders but I found it and I’m grateful. My life was full before I met Jason but now it has a layer of meaning I couldn’t have anticipated. So, when I saw that the Binc Foundation was auctioning letters from Borders store #1, I couldn’t resist bidding.
What letter to bid on? C, of course! It’s thanks to Borders than I’m now a “C”. JGC, to be exact. And where to display our C? Our library, of course! Where we’re surrounded by the books we love and the memories that built our joint library.
Post by Joanna (Goldstein) Cline – Binc Foundation Board Member