In the last couple of weeks, our county has allowed us to return to some indoor shopping as long as masks are utilized and social distancing is practiced. The first visit my kids and I made was to the local Barnes & Noble. We wore our masks and stayed 6 feet away from others and it was wonderful to be back among all the books. It felt almost normal. I did have to ask my kids not to touch everything. We were careful to only pick up the books we were likely to buy. My daughter picked out a new book by a favorite fantasy author and also got a couple of the Warriors cat books to try. My son got a new boxed set of Bob early reader books. He’s reading them on his own.
While (I confess) my kids have been doing way too much screen time, their reading has taken off during this time of lock downs and distancing. I am incredibly proud of both of them. I don’t think they would have been reading like this had we had normal school and normal summer. When we stay so busy we don’t have as much time for pleasure reading.
They are both as excited as I am to visit the bookstore! I so wish we had a local Christian bookstore, too, but ours have closed.
Have you had a chance to return to a bookstore yet? What was your experience? Did it feel normal at all?
I was impressed by the new release section at our store. They had it organized by color! Pretty, but it does make it harder to find a specific book.