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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 3 – Advanced)
Topic: The Book Store/Library (06/03/10)

TITLE: Choices
By Joy Bach
06/09/10


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I felt like a kid in a candy store. I had an afternoon in a motel room all to myself. Hours to spend. What would I do first? Read? Write? Crochet? Take a walk? Do my nails?

It was my choice.

My mind flashed back to my childhood. Stott’s Grocery had been situated on the alley at the next intersection from where I lived. Bins of candy. And sometimes I would be lucky enough to have a penny to spend. How was I supposed to choose only one piece of candy from the vast array displayed there? Who knew when I would get a penny again?

But I could choose.

That’s what it feels like to walk into a bookstore. It contains so much more than bins of candy. One aisle is full of hope for those who feel hopeless. The next aisle contains books that help you study the Bible. Depending on the size of the store, there may be several floors of choices.

Powell’s Bookstore in Portland, Oregon is just such a place. My daughter took me there once. It took hours to pull a book from the shelf, read a little and then replace it…over and over again. So many books. Not enough time to read all of them … and not enough money to buy all of them.

How could I choose?

With the advent of video games and Kindles, will the children of today ever know the magic of walking into a bookstore?


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Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 06/12/10
Like you I too fear that libraries and bookstores may someday fade away. that just means those of us who treasure them will have to work extra hard. There will always be a need.
Connie Dixon06/12/10
Where IS the magic today, anyway? I get the same nostalgic feeling when I walk into a bookstore, even a new one! Great thoughts and reminders.