IF

If you say please and thank you

and look into my eyes.

If you teach your children

respect, and mind them.

If you are liable for your charges

and pay for damage and refuse

to leave the books upon the floor.

If you return things to their proper place

and help your child to do the same.

If you make sure your charge is taught

to recognise the concept

of other people’s things;

to treat them with the care that’s due.

If you know that

food belongs outside

and nappies should be changed elsewhere.

If you take advice and purchase

without resorting to

online temptation.

If at last

you know not to leave

your precious son or daughter,

alone

within the store.

Then you will find

the pleasure and the joy

of buying

in a bookshop –

and what is more –

your children will do too.

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