My go-to used bookstore. This is where I perused the whole time I was pregnant, scouring the shelves for the many, many books I wanted to read, but which were unavailable at the library or cost too much on Am@zon. I would scan every title in the parenting/pregnancy section, even though it meant I had to sit on the floor in an unladylike way, and then I could barely get up.
I took Lucy with me to get my eyebrows done and the bookstore is right next door. It was the first time I was able to take her since she can crawl and look at the books. So I let her loose in the children’s section, which is really nicely designed, like a big clubhouse with a padded floor and pillows and beanbag chairs. It was one of those moments as a parent where you see your dreams materialize in front of you. Seeing her excited to be around books and eagerly reaching for the shelves, that was a “wow” moment. My baby likes books? Likes to look at books, and hold books, and listen to them being read? And maybe one day she will love to read books? Wow. I am humbled with gratitude. And looking forward to many future visits to bookstores and libraries.
This photo of the children’s area by Kara Cochran, from Flickr: