But I digress, that's not the happiness I found today. I found a bookstore. And not a big superstore book store where there are 100's of thousands of books and you're suppose to sit with coffee and look like you're more intellectual than you really are. No, I found a small mom and pops books store where they greet you at the door and are actually happy you are there. I was given a tour of the whole store by a very sweet woman and I felt more welcome in that little bit of time then I have in the month we've lived here. It makes me laugh when I think how many times I've passed this bookstore and have said to myself "One day I'll go in there, but not today." I have missed out on so much! If you know anything about me, you should know that I love to read - mostly smut in the guise of romance but I am open to reading just about anything. I devour books and I need them to exist. I could never switch to an ebook because I need the bookstore as much as I need the story. The experience of walking through rows and rows of towering bookcases, spines facing out, each book beckoning for you to pull it out and give it a quick scan so it can lure you in and convince you that you MUST own it. Today was like a homecoming in the back of the bookstore. Books I've read in the past were there welcoming me like old friends. I was surrounded by both memories of stories I love and the hope of stories I'll get to read. I walked in there tired from a long day of errands and life and came out refreshed and excited about the possibilities all around me. I also came out with a bag full of goodies and the promise to visit in a week to get my next fix.
I'll leave you with this bit of wisdom I saw today:
"If not NOW, When? Today is just tomorrow's yesterday"
Funny; I just realized I read this sign before heading home and on my way home was when I decided to stop at the bookstore. I wonder if it made it's way in to my subconscious and when I saw the bookstore sign it came to the fore front of my mind and was the reason that this was the day I decided to stop instead of just driving by. hmmmm