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Okay, so I just realized…wait, not “just” (it’s been known for a while) I’m strange.
I like going to the library.
What’s so weird about that? I don’t go to the library for the same reasons others do. In fact, I have not been in some time. When the kids were tiny, my husband and I would attempt to be good parents, take our kids to the library and check out some books…thinking VOILA, kids will instantly develop a passion for reading. They will be super smart and we could eventually send themselves out on their own.
I think we’ve taken them a handful of times. I never had the patience to understand the filing system…and just when I thought I had a grasp on it – in came computers and stuff to complicate. If I need something in particular, and take time to try and find it, most of the time it’s not there. Then, I have to ask someone, and they indicate oh, sometimes it’s put in this section or that section. Or someone moved it. Or I’m completely in the wrong section entirely. So, I don’t ever go with a mission to find a particular book. Ever. Although, I must say, the Orange County Libraries “online” system is way cool!
It was easy when the kids were little, here’s the children’s section – go to it – mommy is going to sit in this quiet corner. Maybe draw with some crayons at this table. I didn’t have time to read. So, I used that library time as “quiet time.” – which lasted about 10 minutes because 1 child always needed you.
But as they got older, go explore, I’d say. As that’s what I do. I just roam about…going up and down aisles. I love the bound spines of older books and I like to pull out random books, gaze at them, and put return them to the spot they were. Sometimes, I find myself tidying up the shelf. I enjoy the smell of the books. No, I’m not that crazy going around and sniffing the books…well, maybe once (or twice.) Just being there, makes me feel intelligent. I figure as I enjoy the A/C, I will absorb knowledge by simply walking by and touching objects. Just as I might consider checking out a book or two…
…the kids, attempting to be quiet, do a STAGE WHISPER across the entire sections of the library. If you’ve taken any theater classes, the first thing they teach is the stage whisper – whispering, but loud enough for the audience to hear from the stage. So – it’s loud. And because it’s a whisper, it catches other people’s attention.
“MOM…HE WON’T LEAVE ME ALONE.” – (sssh) then I find myself gesturing frantically (from the other side of the library) at my son, to move away from his sister. I get a strange look from a man near me, trying to interpret my mime because I almost smacked him in the process of me silently scolding my son. (sorry, dude)
Then, my son will STAGE WHISPER back “WHAT, I’M NOT DOING ANYTHING. MOM, I CAN’T FIND ANYTHING. THERE’S NOTHING I WANT TO READ”
Now, I have to go over and tell him to SHUT IT – and then try to assist him. (and now the librarian is frowning at us) When I finally return back to my exploring, the kids are done and either I just leave or I grab 6 books, because I didn’t have time to make up my mind about what I might want to read…if I find the time. It can’t be anything requiring much thought. Just some guilty pleasure.
Then, I forget to return the darn things. I might have read or started one…and then It’s back they go. Because I know this about me…most of the time, I just aimlessly walk around the library touching and smelling.
Besides, I’m a blogger…I’d much rather be writing then reading. Although, I have been known to “power read” through a book if I like it. It just doesn’t happen that often.