Flip Your Seat

I’m at the library on Sunday when they first open, looking forward to a nice, long read.

Their reading room, resembling a huge living room with sofas and easy chairs, is sure to be empty, so I’m sure to get my favorite armchair by the window.

To my surprise, I walk in with a teenage boy, a copy of The Three Musketeers tucked under his arm, aimed for the same seat.

We look at each other sheepishly, both too polite to just grab it, so I say.

“How bout we flip a coin?”

He scratches his mop of haphazard hair before mumbling, “Okay,” with a half smile.

I take out a quarter, flip it in the air and say, “Call it,” like a Vegas croupier.

“Heads,” he says, his eyes all lit up.

I look at the coin. “Wow, you win.”

He hesitates before sitting down.

“No, no,” I say, “you won fair and square.”

Well, not entirely.

What I haven’t mentioned is, it was really tails, but hey, anything for a kid.

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About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Amazon.com. Thanks.
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40 Responses to Flip Your Seat

  1. Dale says:

    First of all: Yay to a teenage boy sitting in a library reading!
    Second of all: Why am I not surprised you gave up your seat for a young reader? Knowing your love for books and reading, encouraging today’s youth to do the same would be high on your list of priorities πŸ˜‰

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  2. You are incorrigibly good. What a story!

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  3. It always makes me feel sad when you see younger people walking through galleries, libraries etc and they are glued to their phone. Sometimes I wonder if reading a beautiful novel, short story or something factual (not produced by the mass media) is going out of fashion.

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    • Social Media has ruined the world in more ways than one. The news is enough to make you jump out a window, and far as our youth goes, reading? Did you mention books? Sorry, I’m Tweeting.

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      • True. Social media has enlarged peoples ability to contact many more people, but also restricted their ability to communicate with more people. Too many idolise the latest “celebrity” news and gossip and wouldn’t have a clue if you walked up and provided them with a copy of Catch-22 or To Kill A Mockingbird, asking them to read it.

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      • I love To Kill a Mockingbird. …Miss Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing. That quote still gives me chills. πŸ™‚

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      • You made me think of this Ronan Farrow book that’s coming out. It’s so filled with stuff we don’t need to know. So sordid. Enough already. My 2 cents.

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      • On this side of the pond I was unaware of this “story” coming out. May I ask a question, and this might seem rather stupid. Surely if the HW “trial” hasn’t yet taken place, would the comments about to be made in said “story” be capable of swaying a jury in the matter?

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      • He’s like the National Enquirer with a Pulitzer. I mean he wins this amazing award for reportage, and now he’s scraping the bones like a vulture to see if there’s any meat left. I know that has nothing to do with your question, but I say, yes, yet, have no idea whether Harvey will be affected or not. Look at what’s going with this impeachment extravaganza. It’s like a sideshow, so, I’m saying, all bets are off on everything. But then again, what do I know. It’s too sordid for me, and I don’t to know anymore about Matt, Harvey, Kevin, Bill, Cuba, have I missed anybody?


  4. Alien Resort says:

    Shocked and glad to see a teenager reading The Three Musketeers. It’s an excellent book which will do much more for his personal edification than a year on a cell phone.

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  5. Great story, Susannah. I applaud your action. Great to see him with a classic too.

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  6. Sorryless says:


    I knew the ending, young woman. And brava times three musketeers. I mean, the kid is toting around Dumas and hanging out at the library . . that is deserving of some props. And of course you delivered. As I knew you would. πŸ™‚

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  7. skinnyuz2b says:

    That’s one way to encourage reading, Susannah. A good book, cozy chair, and a view (and maybe a soft throw). I hope you found a comfy spot to settle down in too!

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