Our family was not big on vacations. Kramer was a farmer and farming crops and cattle is not conducive to vacations. Put on top of that, he was a workaholic. So, any vacations we did take were short and close to home except for one vacation in Washington D.C.
We went to a hotel that had a waterpark several times during the school break at Christmas. The kids loved that. We always went with friends so the kids had other kids to hang with and we adults had friends to hang with too. It was so fun.
But…if you ask my kids what their favorite part of the vacation was…and what they looked forward to most, I’m sure most of them would say the stop at Barnes and Noble.
We were a reading family and books new from the store, were always a real treat.
I regularly …took the kids to the library. I regularly let them buy books from the thrift store and they got books from the book order from school but Barnes and Noble was the holy grail for them.
We would go in and all part ways. Everyone was allowed to get a book or two. We’d seriously spend an hour or more in the store with everyone contentedly browsing.
Karl would likely get a dinosaur factbook. You know, the big resource type books. For days he would recite fun dinosaur facts.
Buck would get a resource-style book too. His were always about war and guns. He loved reading about WWII.
The girls were always into some type of series of books for crafting books.
Barnes and Noble had something for everyone including me. I always picked out a new book or two as well.
Barnes and Noble was truly an important stop on any vacation we went on. Happily, all of the kids don’t get car sick when they read so after the stop, everyone was happily contented to read their book. That made the trips even nicer for us adults.
Imagine the smile I had after I saw Kalissa post this picture with this caption:
“You ever get so excited about the new book you sit down on the floor to start reading while you’re waiting to check out at Barnes and Noble?
This boy is obsessed with reading!!
(Before you at me about not wearing a mask – it broke in the previous store and is in his pocket)”
They were on their way to Wisconsin Dells on vacation and stopped at Barnes and Noble so Carver could pick out a book. It looks like the family Barnes and Noble tradition lives on. That makes me so happy- One that he’s reading and two that we created a tradition that still carries on.
It’s hard to beat a good Dick and Jane book when you’re four years old.