Exercise and the Bookstore

Josie Leavitt - March 12, 2012

I came to work early yesterday so that I could walk before I opened. It was a glorious day and I’ve been trying to get back in shape. I set out on my journey with exactly 40 minutes before I needed to hang the Open flag and get the money in the drawer.
I had barely made it down the street before someone coming out of a store wanted to ask about their special order. I couldn’t remember their order, and honestly, I was having a really hard time remembering their name. I punted and told them I would check when I got back to work.
One thing I noticed about walking a two-mile loop near the bookstore is every passing car is full of customers who all want to beep a hello. While this is lovely and actually very sweet, it can be a little unnerving when I’m deep in thought about how I can walk faster or trying to remember that customer’s name so I can look up their order.
I wasn’t going to do the two-mile loop, because, well, I’m not in the best shape and I didn’t want to have to hustle to get to work. But something about the sunshine and the warmth in the air made me go right rather than turn around. I was walking a steep hill when I checked the time. I had less than 15 minutes to make it to the store. I hustled. I kept a good rhythm in my head and suddenly out of nowhere I practically shouted, “Greenway!”  I somehow remembered the customer’s name. Feeling happy about that I walked faster. Each beep and wave spurring me on to a finish line that only I could see.
I must say, little kids waving hello from cars are adorable. They are so vigorous in their attempts to get my attention that I fear for their elbows. One little girl had a bulldog on her lap and waved and then raised her dog’s ears and waved them. I burst out laughing and was grateful for the extra speed the chuckle gave me.
So, with barely a moment to spare I arrived at the store ready to work. Luckily, the first customers came in after I had caught my breath. I remembered to call Greenway and had a great day knowing that I’d walked two miles before work. All in all, a good day.

4 thoughts on “Exercise and the Bookstore

  1. Rosemary

    Josie – I have been trying to get motivated to start a walking program before opening MY used bookstore, and just reading your story has done it! As out of shape as you think you are, I’m worse. My program will start with me walking around my bookshelves of my lower level floor. Keep it up – I going to give it a big try! Thanks for sharing!


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