Last Christmas when I was in Texas with my family, we went to this A-MAZ-ING independent bookstore in Plano, Legacy Books.
Legacy Books was the kind of bookstore where you get lost in books. You wander around for hours and discovering new authors, exciting adventures, and gourmet recipes. You sip on lattes while browsing through a magazine you would never buy. You find things you never knew you needed.
And after working for a bookstore chain for five years, this is quite a feat. Now-a-days, I walk into bookstores and have a hard time relaxing. I want remerchandise. (Anyone who has spent an extensive amount of time working in retail knows what I mean. It is hard to resist the urge to straighten, tidy, refill) Perusing a bookstore is much more fun than remerchandising. Take my word for it.
I love all bookstores, but I really loved this bookstore. And thankfully so did my nieces. But don’t take my word for it. Check out their smiles. Each one of them.
But they don’t just love bookstores. They love books. This love of the written word is something that has and will continue to be instilled in them by their parents. Just like my parents instilled it in my sister and me. This is the kind of legacy you want to leave behind, the kind you hope passes from generation to generation.
I can hardly wait to hear what these girls (and hopefully the children I have some day) think of some of my favorite friends: Anne of Green Gables, Nancy Drew, Huckleberry Finn. I wonder how books will change their lives. They have sure changed mine.
What legacies do you want to leave behind?