The Gentleman who whirls into town and ultimately ends up being the catalyst for change for Noah and everyone he meets from that moment on represents a concept more than an individual.
I have found that in my life there have been these mystery people who have impacted my life so heavily and yet I will NEVER know their name, where they came from or where they are headed.
Sometimes the people who have the greatest impact on our lives spend the least amount of time in it.
I met a couple when I was a small child. I cannot remember a thing about them other than I remember looking at them and seeing a purity about their relationship…a peaceful sturdiness about their love that I have used as a basis of what constitutes the ideal [yet achievable] romantic relationship for me. The couple spoke to one another with genuine interest and understanding. There was no weakness about either of them. There was no mistrust between them. No apparent agendas and no resentments. I remember they were together for many years…which to me shows growth, forgiveness and the ability to let past transgressions go…because there was no way they lived all those years together with no past transgressions. All these years later I still remember them and base relationship choices I make on what I saw possible by observing those strangers that day when I was a child.
I remember when I was in high school my mother took me to see a fortune teller [for lack of a better label to put on her]. She was Hindi and she refused to take money for her gift; believing it would strip her of this blessing. Of all the seers I have met in my life and received readings from, not one stands to memory the way she has. I spent the total of maybe 20 or so minutes with her and she has influenced my life-path and direction in more ways than one. She touched my hand, looked at my palm, listened to someone/something and used a calculator. I watched her face with hawk-like intention; searching for a falseness which there was none. Her energy burned into my soul…at moments she cried and expressed worry and concern without saying a word, then would smile and touch my hand as she gave me instruction. I have been able to face many fears because of what she said to me that day. I asked about her on a number of occasions after that. Years later my mother tried to find her for me when I was very lost and depressed. When I went into the shop, I didn’t recognise her and she didn’t recognise me...it was a moment that could never be replicated no matter how hard I pushed. This woman changed my existence. I have no idea if my life would have gone the same way or if I would have made the same decisions regardless…what I do know is that because of her, I possessed the foresight to face my fears from a position of strength. Like the couple from when I was a child, she was another powerful stranger that helped shape the core of my being and without whom I am not sure where I would be physically, spiritually [or otherwise] today.
For Noah, The Book Store Gentleman is one of those important individuals that flutter in and out of his life, changing it forever. Noah may never see him again or learn anything else about him…but this Gentleman will eternally hold a place of honour and appreciation in Noah’s mind.