We met St. Louis daughter in downtown Indy to pick up Boy Blue (grandson) for the week. The Old Spaghetti Factory is one of our favorite places to eat in downtown. According to the menu Homer ate pasta saturated with browned butter topped with Mizithra cheese when he wrote the Iliad. We also buy a pound or two of Mizithra cheese to take along home to enjoy the meal again.
As we are eating book loving daughter shares that the downtown Borders a few blocks aways is closing and everything is 50 – 60 % off. I knew that Borders had filed for bankruptcy. The downtown Borders store is located in a historic building with lots of character and across the street from the old L.S. Ayres building which holds many memories for me. I’m feeling a little sad as we walk to the Borders store. I’m thinking of a song I sang as a child in Camp Fire Girls. “Make new friends, but keep the old. One is silver and the other is gold.” Why can’t we keep the old with the new? Will there not be room for both? Is this the beginning of the end of books as we know them? A teacher shared with me how holding and reading a book is a learned experience. I just needed to relearn reading text electronically. Part of my reading is electronic. I just want to hang on to books. Did people feel this way when they changed from scrolls to books?
Some of my book purchases at Borders:
A few of my buys: