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Baby Got Book

November 19, 2010

Please forgive me, ahead of time, each of you, for my blunt analysis, here.

My parents haven’t been married, to each other, for over two decades. To me, they are separate entities which I don’t associate with the other, outside of a mutual love for their two daughters.

A mutual love for their two daughters and a mutual obsession with bookstores and libraries.

Casually perusing bookstores (conglomerate and indie) was our answer to other small children’s toy stores. As a teen and young adult, it became my comfort where other young girls and women sought the mall. I took dates to Border’s coffee shop. In college, I always found it much more effective to study or write in a bookstore cafe than the school library or even the comfort of my own dorm room. My husband and I still begin and end our holiday shopping at Barnes and Noble.

All of this said, most of my reading is done via library loans, gifts or other, non-purchased methods. I find it an incredibly daunting task to pick out a book to buy and will, often, spend hours, roaming, skimming, scanning, Googling, until I finally, go home smiling, to read the book I’ve already got going. It’s the hunt, the chase, the journey of the thing that makes a bookstore so much fun.

I am never dissatisfied without a book to go home with and neither, it seems, is Kai. Yes, my poor son, who  literally cut his teeth at Little Shop of Stories and the Buckhead Barnes and Nobel, is following in my footsteps. We window shop, occasionally purchasing, looking at all of our options. It’s something he, asks to do, this bookstore visiting.

I hope that all of this visiting will make him an avid reader and book lover as it’s made me one. Of course, it could all simply be genetic, regardless of bookstore exposure but I’d like to think not.

For my family, past, present and future, I plan to celebrate this lovely Holiday, December 4th. Will you?



4 Comments leave one →
  1. November 20, 2010 10:20 am

    What a lovely holiday! My child is 23 now, so I may not even see him on December 4, but if I do, I’ll be sure to take him to a bookstore.

  2. November 20, 2010 12:18 pm

    What a great idea! Like Kathy, my kids are grown. I will also be in Honduras on December 4th this year but will certainly keep this in mind for future years.

  3. November 20, 2010 8:00 pm

    I’ve been bringing my niece to Barnes & Noble and the library since she was 18 months old! 🙂 (Before that, I didn’t live in the same city as her.) When I was a girl, my mom took me to the library and the bookstore once a week…and if I wanted to spend my allowance on books, she matched it. 😀 Yay for reading thru the generations!

  4. November 21, 2010 10:00 am

    What a cool idea to take a young one to the bookstore day.

    The love of books is influenced and nurtured by upbringing; thus it runs in families. Glad that you little one has caught the bug.

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