Holding the book I couldn't help but take a second to remember. When I was younger a trip to the video store was one of our weekend highlights. Living in a small town without a movie theater, our family was always behind on the latest movies. Picking out a movie from shelves and shelves of possibilities was always enjoyable.
Of course the video store evolved in my world. Years later our video experience would be amplified by video stores like Blockbuster with their multiple copies of the newest releases. These stores were four times the size of the little video store I remember from my small town. There were so many genres and movies to consider as we wandered the shelves of the store. Bonus rental schemes encouraged you to borrow more than one movie. On our trips with our children, we'd end up with a movie or two for the kids and a movie for us after everyone was tucked into bed. One of the highlights was reading the large board that hung over the checkout that shared dates for upcoming releases. It took strategy to be at the video store in time to snag a copy of a new release.
Fast forward years later, as I stand with this book in my hand knowing my students will have no idea about a video store. Netflix mail programs ended the life of the video store, followed quickly by streaming of movies. Smiling to myself, I place the book back into its box and take a moment to remember the video store.
For the month of March I will be participating in the March Slice of Life Challenge hosted at Two Writing Teachers. It will be a busy month of writing, commenting, and learning with this community. Stop by today's link up to join the conversation or find some great reading.