I have used it as a sketch book, and as a journal at times......but in the past five years I have used it to hold some of my most precious belongings.
I use my red leather book to keep letters, thank you cards, notes of love from my students that I have taught on my job these past five years. Some days when I am down, when my darkness
covers me like a blanket, I sit down with a cup of tea and read these cards and letters over and over.
Each of them is a priceless treasure, and as I read them, I think about the person who wrote it.
I always say a little prayer for them, that life is treating them kind and that they are living the life they were born to live. I see their faces, hear their voices, remember their tears and laughter.
Some days I go in to teach and when I leave I think I have done nothing at all to help anyone. But then, I open my book and begin to read, usually I cry, sometimes I laugh and I know that at some point in someone's life I helped. They all probably don't realize that I have kept their notes and cards, I am sure that most of them don't have a clue how much they have helped me in my life.
So, whenever you have the urge to send some one a card or letter, thanking them or just reminding them that you care for them, do it. You never know how important those words will be to that person some where down the road. My red leather book filled with all those kind words.......
on a bad day, is my holy grail.