This past weekend Greasemonkey and I decided to get away for a little date night. We had a gift certificate to Rodizio Grille, so we ended up at Trolley Square. After dinner we had a little time, so we decided to wander around Trolley for a minute. It was then that we stumbled upon the most magical place I've ever been. I'm sure this isn't a new place, but it was new to me. The moment we walked through the door of Weller Book Works, I knew I'd be back for more. Let me tell you about this incredible place:
I walked through the front door into a room full of antique, rare, and vintage collections of books. Through a small back door labeled "More Books This Way," a whole world opened up. The first thing I noticed was the smell. Oh, that glorious, wonderful, musty, lovely odor of well loved books. I trailed my hands along the exposed brick wall to the staircase in the corner. I trod down the stairs into a veritable wonderland of mostly used books.
I sent Greasemonkey away on a made up errand so I could have a moment to myself. It was at this point that my emotions, quite literally, overcame me. I broke out in goosebumps and got teary-eyed. You see, that's what books do to me: they reach right into my heart and tug on the strings that reside there. I wandered aimlessly for several minutes trying to compose myself. It wasn't happening. I trailed my fingers along the spines of the well-loved tomes and let the tears flow for a awhile.
Books speak to me in a way that nothing else can. They are more than just words on a page. They are more than just stories. They are more than just pages in a binding. There are entire worlds contained between those beautiful, worn covers. There are lives, feelings, hopes, dreams, and so much more in those beautiful pages. It is an escape from the mundane, the every day, and the hardships of the real world. I am a die-hard book lover. I have been having a love affair with the written word for as long as I can remember. It is a love that I hope to instill in T-Bone, as well.
Anyway, back to my aimless wandering: I stumbled upon a true hidden treasure. Many of you know that I am a life-long fan of Roald Dahl. What a lot of people don't know is that before he wrote some of his better-known books, he wrote many short stories for magazine and newspaper publishing. Well, I found a copy of The Roald Dahl Omnibus. And it was only $10. Seriously? I snatched it off the shelf and hugged it to my chest while I went off in search of Greasemonkey. I knew that if I didn't get that book I'd kick myself all the way home. Forget the fact that we were on the motorcycle and it was 600 pages long. I would find a way to get it home. After convincing him that I didn't just want it, I NEEDED it, we left that wonderful book haven the proud new owners of an omnibus. I zipped it into my jacket for safe keeping on the ride home and we ceased the nights adventures.
So, you see, this rare gem of a book store made me forget about life for awhile. It melted my cares away and it melted my heart. For my first true love will always be books.
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