Communion Of Dreams


Astonished.
September 13, 2007, 12:29 pm
Filed under: Alzheimer's, Book Conservation, General Musings, Hospice, Predictions, Society, Writing stuff

Well, that’s a bit of a surprise. More than a bit, to be honest.

I wrote back in May about meeting with an institutional client concerning a large collection (some 7,000 volumes) they had recently acquired, and how the initial expectation on the part of the administration at this institution was that all the books needed to just be rebound to look pretty. I mentioned that my suggestion of proper conservation treatment was completely foreign to them, and that I really didn’t expect that they would want me to do the work for them.

Well, I guess the conservation treatment I gave the three books I worked on as an example of what I do changed their minds. Because I found out this morning that they want me to do the work.

Frankly, I’m astonished. And pleased. Also a bit scared.

“Astonished” I’ve explained. “Pleased” is probably self-evident: this is a worthy collection of significant historical works that deserves proper care, and I know I can provide that care. And this is a multi-year project, meaning some security in terms of income and planning.

“Scared,” though? Well, yeah. This means a lot of work – good work, granted, on my own schedule, but the client will (understandably) want a large volume of books cared for and returned on a regular basis. And right now I can barely manage to concentrate sufficiently to do conservation work for a couple of hours per week.

Now, they don’t expect me to start handling that volume right from the start. I had told them from the beginning that I would need to ramp-up how much work for I did them, as I met previous obligations to other clients. I didn’t tell them about the other major factor limiting my time and energy, though: caring for my MIL.

My wife and I discussed this issue when I was first contacted by this institution, because frankly there is no way I can do the conservation work at that level and still be the primary care-provider for my MIL. So now we’ll need to sit down and sort out how we proceed. I could basically swap places with my wife, in terms of my “working” four days a week and her being home here to care for her mom (she’s an architect, and with some logistical shuffling she could do a limited amount of work from home). That’s one option. We might also consider others, perhaps making more use of the services available through Hospice.

And, of course, my MIL could die this week or next and make all question of needing to worry about such things moot. But that’s not what I hope for, nor how we can plan. Rather, we need to plan as though she is going to be with us, and still requiring substantial attention and care.

So, this means change. Perhaps a little sooner, and in a different manner, than I had been thinking about recently. And change can be a little scary.

Not that it’ll stop me, or even much give me pause.

Well, speaking of such things, I have conservation work that needs doing . . .

Jim Downey


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Wow. Scary and exciting! Congratulations. This is such a good thing!

Comment by Spike

This is fabulous, but I don’t envy your schedule. Coming right after all the additional downloads of your book, this is a lot of news all at once. Meanwhile, the day to day realities of being the primary caregiver of your MIL can’t be giving you any chance to absorb all this.

Comment by Wendy

Thanks to both of you – scary and exciting hits it right on the head. And yeah, Wendy, you’re right – I haven’t really had much of a chance for this to sink in yet. Frankly, I’m just kind of numb. A little unwilling to believe it, also. I dunno…you stop thinking that good things are going to happen after a while, I suppose.

So, we’ll see. I go over next Tuesday to work out the details, pick up the first batch of books.

Jim D.

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Congratulations.

Comment by Brian

Absitively, Posalutely Cool! Thank goodness bliss is discovered through process. Well, and a really good sandwich washed down with a Sam Adams.

Comment by pmh

Thanks, Brian and PMH!

“Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world. Except for a nice MLT, a mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe. They’re so perky, I love that.”

Bonus points to anyone who can place the quote.

Jim D.

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Princess Bride……Miracle Max (Billy Crystal) “Have fun stormin’ the castle!”

Comment by pmh

Mr. Michael wins the quote contest! One of my fav movies – but the book is even better, if you’ve never read it.

Jim D.

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