So we drove past the now-closed Borders book store in my city, and my younger daughter asked, "Where will we go for our books now?"
And I said, "Well, Barnes and Noble is just around the block."
And she said, "What if that store closes, too?"
And I said, "Well, I suppose most people are ordering online now, and that's why these stores close, so do you think it matters?"
And she said, "But I don't like to order online. I like to see a book before I buy it."
And I said, "Well, there used to be small, independent bookstores where you could not only see a book, but the owner would get to know you and would recommend books to you, and maybe even order ones special just for you. Also, a lot of money would stay in the local economy, since the bookstore owner used a local accountant and bought local goods and donated to local non-profits, and so on."
And she said, "That sounds really nice. What happened?"
And I said, "Big book stores like Borders came in and drove out the small, local stores."
And she said, "But now Borders is closing, and the small stores are gone."
Silence. Just silence after that. What more could we say?
eclectic food-for-thought for a changing world