Last week I went to my nearest Borders on the day before it was going to close.
I'd been a few weeks ago but even then it made me sad to think about.
I live in a wonderful city that is blessed with a number of indie bookstores but I grew up in a place where the Borders became a central hub of books and coffee and social activity.
My best friend from high school met her husband while working at Borders.
A trip to my hometown usually means a trip to Borders. My mom loved the coffee there. My best friend and I would hang out there, drinking coffee and reading magazines.
When my dad and I want to kill time we duck into a Borders or Barnes and Noble and browse the bookshelves. My Dad will usually find a comfy chair and read for a while. I was always shocked that no one came and made him buy the book before he read it. He'd usually buy whatever book he found to read plus a couple more and a book for me.
As a writer who works in the arts working in a bookstore is on my list of back up jobs but as I walked up the empty aisles at Borders I wonder if I need to make other back up plans.
I love indie bookstores but I have to say that the big box stores like Borders and Barnes and Noble often provided my friends with income and health insurance while doing something that they enjoyed, selling books.
I won't bore you with all the thoughts I had about the future of books and e-publishing and the economy.
It makes me sad to see any bookstore closing. To see people losing their jobs.
What about you? Will you miss Borders?