Louise Borden

14 Dec

Have you ever been so preoccupied that you walked out of a store without paying?  I have.  I did.  Today!  I was in my favorite children’s book store, The Blue Manatee, in Cincinnati laughing and talking with old and new friends.  One of the employees is a teacher I used to work with, and who works there part time.  Every time I visit on a Saturday we hug and catch up with each other’s news.  And today was extra special because I got a chance to meet a children’s author.  Louise Borden, is a native Cincinnatian who has written several books for children and young adults.  She read from some of her books and talked to the kids and parents in attendance.

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I picked up a picture book, Big Brothers Don’t Take Naps and her new non-fiction The Journey That Saved Curious George: The True Wartime Escape of Margret and H. A. Rey.  She graciously signed both copies and we talked for a long time.  I was fascinated with her story as an author.  I also learned that we have a lot in common, having been and lived in many of the same cities around the world.


We chatted for so long, that when I walked out of the store, autographed books in hand, I was in a happy fog and simply left without paying!  I didn’t realize my mistake until I got home and started showing my husband my new purchases… uh, are they called purchases if you don’t purchase them?  Yikes!  I called the store right away, explained what had happened and gave them my credit card number over the phone.  Whew!  Yes, these are my new purchases!



10 Responses to “Louise Borden”

  1. orthodoxmom3 December 16, 2013 at 4:39 PM #

    I have done that (walked out without paying) and it is soooo embarrasing…and I’m always worried when I go back in that they’ll think I did it on purpose…but usually the response is rather jovial!


    • Juliana Lee December 16, 2013 at 4:46 PM #

      I guess when go back in, or call as I did, they know you didn’t really mean to walk away without paying!


  2. Midwestern Plant Girl December 16, 2013 at 1:46 PM #

    Oops! Glad the store gave you a mulligan!!


    • Juliana Lee December 16, 2013 at 1:52 PM #

      Hahahahaahhhaahaahha! I do a LOT of business with them!


  3. kirsticall December 16, 2013 at 1:03 PM #

    Hi Juliana! Thanks for visiting my website. I think you’ve done a great job with your website. It looks fantastic! I hope to hear about your debut children’s book soon! Thanks for your congrats!


  4. mpejovic December 15, 2013 at 2:37 PM #

    Haha, I’ve done that before, leaving items in a stroller’s basket under the seat, and in a shopping cart under everything else. Every time I’ve gone back in the store, which is really a pain when you drag 2 kids around. At least, it sounds like you had a great conversation before your theft. 😉


    • Juliana Lee December 15, 2013 at 3:38 PM #

      You know, I was avoiding the words steal and theft, but since you brought it up…. I totally missed the BOOK THIEF angle!


      • mpejovic December 15, 2013 at 9:17 PM #

        Oh, haha, that would have been perfect!!! One of my favorite books, by the way.


  5. angie December 15, 2013 at 1:18 PM #

    Now THAT sounds like something I’d do!!! 🙂 Too funny!


    • Juliana Lee December 15, 2013 at 2:21 PM #

      OK faceless angie, make me go look you up! You’re littlebirdie! Hi! Welcome to my life, please come back and visit now and again!


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