Monday, February 16, 2009

Lunch hour library visits

Centuries ago, when I was a member of the suit and heels work force, I would run to the library during my lunch hours. As a young twenty something, I would get such a kick out of window shopping at the library as I read many book jackets. When a new author peaked my interest with a great opening paragraph, I would sprint to the circulation desk with my new traveling companion. With book in arm, I would then make a quick stop at the pizza shop near the office. Happily alone with my book, I would try and read a couple of pages before my wrist watch reminded me that my in box was filling up at my desk. At the end of the day, I enjoyed reading my new library book as the train brought me home each night.

I miss those library visits. It was my little chunk of time where I could escape into my books. I could forget all the pressure and deadlines at work. It was a time when I could be truly me. For the past 12 years, I've been in mommy mode so most of my library visits are about finding fun and educational books for my kids. Since they were little, I try and make library visits a regular part of our routine. I'm so glad that they share my interest in getting books at the library. When my youngest one goes to school, I know that I will find the time to stroll through the library aisles once again. A quiet lunch with a good book sounds good to me : )

6 comments:

LuAnn said...

Enjoy your little ones - They grow up way too fast. Mine are almost 20 and 15. I do miss those days.

RiverPoet said...

My mom always took us to the library. It was usually the highlight of my week! I brought my children to the library, too, and then to bookstores (my favorite haunts). Great memories are made with books.

Peace - D

thezeninyou said...

Oh how wonderful the library is. Due to family budget cuts, buying books is not something we are doing anyomere. So I have re-discovered the library! I try to go every few weeks and I love it! The kids go to their section and I head over to the fiction. Oh my gosh...it's just the best. I don't think I'll buy a book again :)

thezeninyou said...

LOL...anyomere? That was supposed to be anymore!

Contest Chris said...

Having a good library is a blessing. I've lived places where there wasn't one, and it showed.

A Closet Writer said...

My kids are too old for story time, but I miss those days. Half of my kids love books and the other half don't. Now, I go to the library and check out books that I love and there's a cafe in there! I don't what I would do without the libary.