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A leisurely day at Barnes And Noble

bnsaugusThere’s something about having an entire afternoon to yourself.  A time when you don’t have to answer to anyone, go where you like, do what you choose, that makes this such an irresistible prospect.

I spent 5 plus hours in a bookstore one day, and it was heavenly.

To set the scene – this was back in the 90’s, when I had a car, and TC worked at Coconuts, a record chain popular at the time.  The store was based in Swampscott, and one Sunday he was scheduled to work from twelve to six.  So being a good SO I offered to drive him and pick him up.

“What are you going to do in the meantime?” he asked.

“Oh, I’ll just go hang out at Barnes & Noble,” I replied.

He looked at me.  “For six hours?” he said, incredulously.

I just smiled.

So I drove him to work, kissed him goodbye, and headed off to the Barnes & Noble on Route One, at the time a rather newish bookstore in my hometown of Saugus.

And read.

And ate in the store’s café.

And read some more.

And browsed through magazines.

And read still more.

And bought a bunch of books.

And went to pick TC up – slightly late because I lost track of time, but I made it.

It was one of the nicest days I ever spent.

Just wandering the shelves, picking up a book here and there, settling in a comfortable chair to browse, and occasionally people watch.  It was great, it was relaxing, it was the perfect Sunday afternoon.

At least for me.