January 19, 2013
Let's Talk: The Closing of My Haven...A Bookstore
I had a completely different Let's Talk planned for today but my topic quickly changed after my trip to the bookstore today. I have one bookstore I visit on a regular basis and that is Books-A-Million. I gave up on Barnes and Nobles here because they took my romance section and shrank it to a mere half isle. Not to mention Barnes and Nobles Romance isle is connected to the Self-help isle, just what are they implying? So I swore off Barnes and Nobles and happily began a long term relationship with Books-A-Million.
I live in a pretty small town called Ocala and I guess I should be lucky to have a bookstore at all. Today when I went on my normal trip to Books-A-Million I decided I was going to renew my membership early because next month it expires. It was then I received the most tragic news a book lover could encounter...My favorite bookstore is closing.
Call me crazy but I had this emotional meltdown. Mentally of course I prefer not to be locked up in the crazy house. I have spent every single moment in this store that I possibly could. On bad days when all I wanted to do was cry I would go to Books-A-million and hide in the romance isle. I would read on the floor hidden away from the world that has troubled me. I would buy books and linger in the coffee shop and just read my problems away. Occasional I would indulge in a chocolate treat while reading whatever new novel I discovered.
On days when everything was going wrong I would walk through those doors and be comforted by the pure smell of my favorite hideaway. When I was happy I would wonder the isles for hours looking for books on my wish list and books with a great deal. My family and I are in there so much the staff new us by name, and we knew them by name as well. I am so sad to think some of them will be out of a job.
I was informed by the staff they will be closing because of a lease agreement, and instead of reopening in a new location they will be bidding farewell to the Books-A-Million Ocala location. Really Books-A-Million is our little town location so disposable? I am ready to cuff myself to the door in some sort of protest to keep them open. I can't lose my hideaway, my home away from home, the place I run to when life just doesn't add up.
I want to hear from you. Has this happened to you? Do you understand what I am going through right now?