One of our teen regulars was also at the reference desk, and as we were talking, she told my coworker and me that some librarians at other branches were "mean." When she saw the coloring sheet, she said:
Teen: "See? THAT'S what librarians are like."
Teen: "They are old and mean. With missing teeth." (None of which is represented in the picture on the coloring sheet, but, you know, whatevs.)
She then noticed that I was (lovingly) giving her the Librarian Glare of Death™, so she hastily said, "No, no...not YOU. Other librarians." Sigh. Looks like we have some more work to do to improve the perception of librarians, folks.
|It's a start.|
1) Teen: "What kind of phone do you have?"
Me: "Just a normal, boring phone."
Teen: "You need to get a stylish phone."
Me: "Do I look like I care about being stylish?"
Teen: (looks at me, considers): "...No."
2) Tween: "Are you Jewish?"
Tween: "You look Jewish. It's the freckles."
(Actually, this is not the first time I've been told this.)
3) Teen: "This girl at school wore a shirt today that came down to here." *points to place that indicates an inappropriate neckline for a teenage girl*
Me: "Why would her mother let her go to school like that?"
Teen: "Her mother is a stripper."
4) Tween: "My math teacher is MEAN."
Me: "Why is she mean?"
Tween: "She's mad because she's divorced and she has no one to spend her life with now."
(So much world-weary wisdom for a 13-year-old.)
5) And my very favorite quote, spoken by a girl in the third grade: "I don't understand love."
(Girrrrrrrrl, who DOES? Side note: this wasn't in the context of romantic love, but I thought that it could apply to pretty much any love-related situation ever in the history of the world.)
Yup. Still love my job.
(Unicorn picture borrowed from here. Disclaimer: not a picture of an actual unicorn.)