Barnes and Noble

But other times, my heart is cool.  I bob along gently like a balloon on a string.  My heart feels lazy and slow, as quiet as a snowfall.  This is when my heart is calm.

I stand in Barnes and Noble, reading these words from In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek. I stand here holding my daughter, as my son wanders the store, and I realize that this is how my heart feels right now. This is how my heart always feels when we wander here.51TVUBh6fML._SX258_BO1,204,203,200_.jpg

Sometimes we come to Barnes and Noble on a mission to find a specific book, sometimes in search of something new, and most often just to wander. This store is a happy place for us.

Barnes and Noble was there when Troy was little and more interested in playing with the train than finding a new book.  It was there for us when he needed the next book in the A Tale Dark and Grimm series and he couldn’t wait even a day. It was there each time he finished a book and needed something new. It was there when he finally decided he was ready to read Harry Potter. And it was there last year when he was struggling and needed a safe place. It has always brought both of us a feeling of peace when we needed it most.

I stand here reading this book, holding my daughter in my arms as my son wanders. And I am filled with gratitude for this store full of books. This safe place. The calm we can always find regardless of the storms raging within.  And I am filled with gratitude for all the memories that have occurred within these walls, surrounded by stories.

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4 thoughts on “Barnes and Noble”

  1. 💗 This book is amazing and holds such a special place in my heart. I love taking my daughter to Barnes and Noble. It is rewarding to observe her excitement by surrounding her with books and watching her little hands pull books that appeal to her.

  2. As my daughters have reached “adulthood”, they still ask to go to Barnes and Noble or Prairie Light (awesome independent book store in Iowa City) and will still ask, “Will you buy this for me?”. My wife rolls her eyes and I pull out my debt card. These will be safe places for all times, and I hope as they grow older, they create that feeling with their own children.

    Thank you for sharing this experience with us! 🙂

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