My good friend Lori works at the lovely Charlie's Corner, an independent children's bookstore in the Noe Valley neighborhood of San Francisco, and yesterday she invited me to story time!
"I am there!" I said excitedly, because I love stories, and I love, well, time.
Granted this was not the best activity ever for a childless adult, but it was really fun and so cute. They do four story times every single day, which just speaks to the dedication of fun people who love what they do and do it well. There were about a dozen children there with their guardians, so I sat in the back and watched them squirm on their little toadstool seats and interrupt with questions to Charlotte, the shop owner, aka Professor Dumbledore for the day.
She read several stories, and yesterday the theme was food and munchies. So as she read a story about eating frog eyeballs, they passed around blueberries. And as she read about eating crocodile belly, they passed around watermelon. And there is nothing I love more than a fresh, tasty frog eyeball!
It's so nice to experience local businesses that cater to the neighborhood, and such a marked contrast from mass-produced big-box stores (not that there's anything wrong with those either, but nice to mix it up). Charlie's Corner has it all: a big tree in the middle of the store, decorated with Christmas lights. A bathroom with whimsical art on the walls: The Giving Tree; Dr. Seuss; Harry Potter.
And speaking of Harry Potter, I had to make my own little contribution to Charlie and the team by purchasing the script for Harry Potter and the Cursed Child while I was there.
Now when I read it, I'll remember story time. And frog eyeballs.