If you click on the web site link, you’ll see that the book is not available until February, but I’m special. Full disclosure: This means Llewellyn already has the copies, and will send them to you right away if you order through their web site; if you order from Amazon, you have to wait until Llewellyn sends copies to Amazon first.
When I ordered Merry Meet Again, I took the opportunity to order another of Deborah’s books: The Elements of Ritual. It’s a handy book for a Wiccan teacher to have around. If someone is about to be the High Priestess at a ritual for the first time, and she’s not sure what to do, give her a copy of The Elements of Ritual and tell her, “Just read the Earth sections. You can get to the rest later.”
About a year and a half ago, I reorganized my bookshelves. I noticed that my copy of The Elements of Ritual was missing. I’m not sure what happened to it; probably I loaned it to one of my former students before she had to the HPS at a ritual for the first time, with no prior experience except attending a Yule ceremony.
So I get both books today. Merry Meet Again goes on top of my “read this next” pile (after I finish Philip Heselton’s Witchfather). The Elements of Ritual goes into my bookshelf, next to Deborah’s other books, where my students and I can easily find it.
I walk over to my bookshelf. I reach to put the book away… and find a copy of The Elements of Ritual is already there.
Deborah knew about the missing copy. I’d suspect that she sneaked a copy onto my shelf, except I’m pretty sure she would have autographed it if she had. I think I have to attribute this to my superb memory, or my keen observational skills as a physicist.
Now I have two copies. I’d like to give the extra copy to one of my students. But which one? If I were a cruel teacher, I’d give it to the first one to complete all her homework assignments.
Why say “if”? I am a cruel teacher. Okay, Acorns, you know what you have to do.