Writing 101 Challenge: Loss

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‘Write about a loss: something (or someone) that was part of your life, and isn’t any more’.

I had difficulty with today’s writing prompt, because I couldn’t think of one particular item or individual. I thought of what makes me sad that is no longer there. I suddenly got the idea of local libraries and bookstores closing.

I drive by a podiatry clinic in my neighborhood and sigh each time I pass it. Many may wonder what’s wrong with me, since nothing is wrong with my feet. The problem is that the clinic was a small library. It breaks my heart to see the small building now taking care of feet. There were shelves of books, movies, music, and more. Now people sit in waiting chairs than a comfy couch reading. It saddens me knowing someone may not have access to these materials.

A similar loss is when small bookstores close. They often can’t stand against the changing times. This is very unfortunate. I always smile when I enter a bookstore and feel at home. When I hear about bookstores closing it almost feels like a part of me closed. It doesn’t matter if I visited the bookstore often, occasionally, or never. Instead it’s just one more place where my soul had a chance to open to the wonder of books and reading.

The definition of a book has even changed and a slight loss is felt. I own a kindle, but it took me forever to finally purchase one. In fact, I can’t remember the last time I read a book on my kindle. To me, it’s almost a loss in society as books have changed so much.

True, people are still reading and some may say there’s an increase in reading. However, there’s nothing like holding a book in your hands, turning actual pages, and smelling the paper.

The loss of libraries, bookstores, and the definition of books saddens me. Books and their ‘homes’ have been in use for thousands of years. Hopefully, the ‘changing times’ won’t increase more losses.

4 thoughts on “Writing 101 Challenge: Loss

    Elle said:
    June 5, 2014 at 11:08 pm

    I prefer to hold a book in my hands rather than use a kindle. I love the feel and smell of books. I also prefer to turn the crisp pages than to scroll down!

    On the subject of loss – have you any recommendations for children’s books that deal with loss? “The Fall of Freddie the Leaf” and “Lifetimes: A beautiful way to explain death to children” are two I know of, but I was wondering if you or your readers have other suggestions Thank you

      Caroline responded:
      June 14, 2014 at 10:14 am

      I’m glad you agree with the feeling of real books. I haven’t reviewed any books about loss, so I have no recommendations. Thanks for the book ideas! Thanks for visiting!

    babyjill7...Marilyn Griffin said:
    June 6, 2014 at 4:06 am

    you are quite lucky NOT to have lost someone…

    thiskidreviewsbooks said:
    June 9, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I know what you mean. 😦

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