7) Bookstores Have to admit, I was quite bummed when Borders began closing their doors. There's still Barnes & Noble and a local chain of book stores to fill the need. Yes, need. Not only do I love getting lost in a story, but I love books themselves. I love the paper, the binding, the dust jackets, the typeface. All of it makes me smile. (All of it, except figuring out where else to put them in my house...I ran out of room a Long time ago!)
And yesterday, I came face to face with Borders' demise. Having run out for a frame for a little something I won a bit ago from Mandy, I was at Michael's. I ran to the store next door for some glucosamine & chondroitin treats for my cat (yes, my cat....she's old and life is a whole lot more fun if you can actually move!). And staring at me from across the large parking lot was Borders.
It was still open, I thought for sure it would be gone by now. I've kind of avoided it since it first started liquidating their stock; all of those wonderful books. But, the yellow & red signs blazed the now 50-70% off everything is being sold at during this location's final days.
I tentatively entered the glass doors.
And you know what? It was really sad. I thought at 50-70% off I would get all excited, do a Happy Dance, stock up on presents. But, all I thought as I walked through the now half empty store is how sad it is to see a bookstore closing.
Do you know how sad it was? So sad that I wandered the whole store for an hour, a whole hour, before I picked up a single book to purchase. Quite a few times I thought I would just walk out with nothing. But, eventually, the prices wore me down. And I walked out with several books bought at unbelievably low prices.
But, it was still sad.
Sad to see a favorite place being washed away. Sad to wonder if there will be book stores that we can walk into, wander the aisles, pull out books, look, see, touch, all while deciding what characters we want to bring into our homes or where we might travel to in the words on the pages or the new knowledge we might learn.
Yes, there are still some bookstores left that we can walk into. Yes, there are libraries, which I love too. Yes, there are still lots of places online to get our book fix in.
Yes, I have an appreciation for e-readers and am even interested in one.
But, I'll always have a love for books with paper pages and saying good-bye to one of my favorite escapes was still sad.
And so that we don't have to say good-bye to anymore bookstores in our near future, go visit one near you. Books make rockin' awesome gifts. At least I think so! :>