Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Losing a Friday Night Friend
Borders Booksellers has filed for bankruptcy and our local store is being closed. This is the last book purchased there on a Friday evening, sipping a mocha, while listening to live music. This bookstore is a favorite haunt of ours and we are feeling a bit lost to find a way to replace this favorite activity. I loved sitting, chatting and reading the new magazines. There was plenty of space to hang out for a couple of hours reading and socializing. There was no alcohol so people were quiet and kind. The girls loved to sit and read. During February there would be live music in the cafe. We would hear old favorites and learn new songs. The best part of this store is the employees. They were all kind and took time to know their customers. On this last Friday night, buying this last book, the clerk asked about my dad's health and made sure I knew they missed seeing him. The tears rolled down my cheeks.
I suppose we could try the other bookseller, but we are unsure. Their cafe is small. The tables are small and close together. It is hard to talk and harder to relax. The magazines are on the opposite side of the store. It is clear they don't want us to stay too long.