One of the library kids recently came up to the desk and, apropos of nothing, handed me this very sweet note. I would just like to point out that this girl, who is 20 years younger than I am and who thinks Justin Beiber is an older man, called me "young." I suspect that this is directly related to the fact that I constantly call myself "old" in front of the kids, but nevertheless: IT'S RIGHT THERE IN BLACK AND WHITE AND NO ONE CAN TAKE IT AWAY FROM ME.
Ahem. Anyway. Here's the note:
|"Cheerful"! I have them all fooled!|
Makes a gal feel all warm and fuzzy. AND a few minutes after getting the first note, I received a second note from another kid (because when one kid does something at my branch, ALL the kids apparently have to do that same thing). This girl took the acrostic route:
|"Reader"! Yes! My job here is done.|
Adorable, right? Yes, absolutely. BUT, don't get out your Kleenex just yet. Things soon took a dark turn. That same girl turned her acrostic anger out on one of our college-age part-timers, Dominick (who is, in reality, a nice guy). The note below portrays poor Dominick in a not-so-flattering light. However, I think this is because the girl secretly (or not-so-secretly) has a crush on him. Naturally, if you're 10 years old and you like someone, you're going to say bad things about him/her even as you say good things (incidentally, some people never grow out of this - but that's another blog post):
|Yes, she spelled his name incorrectly, but it's the thought that counts.|
Her choice of adjectives fascinates me: Delicate, Overreacts, Mean (sometimes), Obedient, Noticeable, Intelligent, Careless, Keen. This kid is funny. I mean, what 10-year-old uses the word "keen" out of nowhere to describe someone? And the use of the subtly emasculating term "delicate" is a somewhat hilarious (albeit inaccurate) touch. In any event, Dominick took the whole thing in stride. And even though he didn't want to admit it, I think he was happy to receive a note in the first place. (I know I was.)