A River of Stones: Day 23


I don’t like malls. I can’t remember when the last time was that I was in one. It’s been a long time. Tonight we went to the mall. Malls are everything I don’t like (I know–redundancy repeated, but I’m making a point): gaudy, loud, excessive, boring, depressing. We didn’t come to shop, rather to get out of the house on this, another dreary rainy night. We came to walk, and that we did. We walked at a brisk pace around the perimeter of the building, down the wide garish walk ways, upstairs and down. We walked until we were sweaty and tired and felt good. We talked the whole time, too, about politics and religion and how we knew what was best for the world. We noted the obscene materialism everywhere we looked and we walked. When we finished walking, we found a table and I pulled out books to study. The abrasive music offered a strange sort of block to the images and sounds vying for my attention. I studied with focus and intent. I covered mounds of material. Finally we left the mall. I was happy to leave, but I’ll be back I know, to walk and to study. Who would have thunk?

14 thoughts on “A River of Stones: Day 23

    1. Good for you. Personally, I find malls to be offensive. After not being in one for so long, it was difficult to adjust to the sights and noise. But in rainy weather, they provide a dry place to walk. And I was surprised at how well I was able to study there. Very surprised!

    1. I know what you mean! I detest malls so when Richard suggested we go take a walk there, I was surprised. But we got a good walk in which would not have happened in the rain, and I got some studying done, too. Can’t complain.

  1. Great minds think alike! I don’t like malls too. I usually avoid them, but your post made me want to visit the mall and see it in another way. Thanks for sharing!


    1. Thanks for stopping by, Louise. I know people who go to the mall before any of the shops open just so they can get in their daily walks. Some malls even have markings along the corridor floors to let you know how far you have walked. My parents mall-walk where a complete circle through the mall is marked, and once around equals something like 1.3 miles. It is a great idea, and a good option for rainy days.

      have a great day!

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