Breakfast at Barnes & Noble
A few weeks ago my best friend Stephanie texted me and asked what I was up to that Friday evening. At first, because it was a rainy evening I wasn’t really up for anything and was about to decline, until she said the magical words Barnes & Noble. After that I was ready to go in a heartbeat needing no further incentive. You see, we both kind of have a thing for the store, and we aren’t ashamed to admit it. This got me thinking about why I personally love Barnes & Noble so much.
I kind of compare it to how Holly Golightly describes her love for Tiffany’s in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. When she describes loving the proud look of the place and her belief nothing bad can ever happen there, I know exactly what she means. For some reason I am drawn to the store; Whether I am alone or with someone, I can’t pass up a chance to go and browse for whatever available length of time. Something comes over me, like a kid in a toy store, and I lose myself to the place and time seems to almost not exist. I especially get lost in the endless book choices. There are books to simply enjoy; books to learn something from; books about exotic places; books about dogs (which is another passion of mine); there is endless choice and it never gets dull.
I also find I have two kind of personalities there, my “alone” self and my “social” self. When I am alone I am engrossed in the books, the cafe there, the various other items there and I kind of go inside my head, enjoying the place, the ambiance if you will, and simply being there. On the other hand, when I am with a friend I love being silly there. We go looking at stuff and saying “haha, yeah, that is creepy” or sometimes I do get more serious and see things that bring back memories. That is time I always treasure. Although not the most exciting of evenings some might say, for me it is what makes a perfect evening.
Since I profess myself a book geek it isn’t to hard to imagine how I can have such great passion for a bookstore. It is all par for the course with book geeks; I love books and want to find a place I feel I fit in with other people who most likely love books too. So if Holly has Tiffany’s, I have Barnes & Noble. I say breakfast at Barnes & Noble anyone ;0)