Yesterday I did something awesome. I left the office early and took Emily to Barnes and Noble. Emily loves to read (I mean she really loves it), and she had a gift card that she received for Christmas she hadn't used yet. Since Grace is at camp (I still haven't cried), it was the perfect time for me and Emily to have some one on one time.
We both got frappuccinos and wandered around talking and reading the titles of books. Emily knew exactly what she had come to buy. She bought the newest Pendragon book and an Eragon paperback. I also had some birthday money with me, but I wasn't so sure what I wanted. I considered but did not buy biographies of Stevie Ray Vaughn and Chris Farley, and I looked for some type of book on Native American history (specifically Cherokee) but couldn't find anything. I must have been looking in the wrong section of the store. I did end up buying a book about Gamecock football and a Springsteen concert DVD.
Here's some other observations from our afternoon:
-Emily is really fun to hang out with. She is definitely a low-maintenance teenager. She doesn't always want me to buy her stuff, she's flexible and easy to please, and she's smart, funny, and can laugh at herself.
- It's cold in Barnes and Noble. Maybe it's because I was walking around with a Frappuccino in my hand, but by the time we left I was almost shaking.
- The Starbucks in Barnes and Noble doesn't accept Starbucks gift cards. I knew this when we went yesterday from a previous experience, but that doesn't make it any less stupid. Can anyone explain to me why they do this? I'm a simple man who can't comprehend all the complexities of the universe, but it seems that if you have a sign posted that says, "Starbucks" you should accept a Starbucks gift card.
- Ben Jones has written an autobiography. Wondering who Ben Jones is? He played Cooter on "The Dukes of Hazzard". Who is buying this book? Is the world so desperate for another book that we need to learn about the life of Cooter? I can't wait for the biographies of Schneider from "One Day at a Time", and Sam the butcher from "The Brady Bunch".