Quick! It’s an emergency! You just got an urgent call about a family emergency and had to rush to the airport with barely time to grab your wallet and your passport. But now, you’re stuck at the airport with nothing to read. What do you do??And, no, you did NOT have time to grab your bookbag, or the book next to your bed. You were . . . grocery shopping when you got the call and have nothing with you but your wallet and your passport (which you fortuitously brought with you in case they asked for ID in the ethnic food aisle). This is hypothetical, remember . . .
Setting aside the fact that I carry a book in my purse more often than not, something I'd likely not forget when going to the grocery store, for the sake of this exercise, what would I do?
It's really quite simple what I would do. I would buy a book to read. Airports have come a long way over the years, many sporting mall like stores--at least the ones I frequent. In particular, I remember passing time before my flight home in the San Francisco Airport where there's a decent sized bookstore. I took special notice of the Kurt Vonnegut books at the time because I was considering giving his books a try. The selection was broad and diverse, and there was just about a little of everything available. While the closest airport to where I live isn't quite to well endowed, there is a little magazine shop that sells a small collection of varied books. I imagine that if no books tickled my fancy there, I would simply buy a couple of magazines to tide me over.
I have heard the term airport book before, but frankly, I'm not sure what that means exactly. Some people refer to it as a bestseller while others deem it to be something light and without substance. Of course, that's all relative, isn't it? The without substance part, I mean. I read just about anything as it is, and so it wouldn't make a difference to me whether I read Kurt Vonnegut or the latest James Patterson novel.
Truth be told if it was a family emergency, I might be too worried and upset to concentrate on reading anyway. There are always plenty of people around in an airport so perhaps I would prefer to engage in a round or two of people watching.