So it was a happy surprise when a girl who hangs out at my library came up to the reference desk yesterday and asked me "How long have we known each other?" When I said "About a year*," she said "Oh, good!" and handed me this piece of paper:
Well. I don't mean to brag, but that says Librarian of the YEAR, you guys. This ain't no flavor of the month nonsense. Now, the girl wasn't sure how to spell my name - "Reeda? Reeta?" - so another kid who was standing at the desk filled it in. I was very touched to receive this prestigious award, even when the girl said: "Next year, it will probably be Ally" (my awesome co-librarian, who I'm sure would have gotten this piece of paper herself if she were the one who happened to be there at that moment).
THEN, a different girl, who was also standing by the desk (there are usually about five or six of them at any given time), gave me a drawing that she had been working on for a few minutes. What a special day!
This particular kid has given me similar drawings before (and I try to ignore the fact that she must find my head massive), but this time she added the reference desk to the picture and told me "I wanted to draw your desk because I know it's important to you."
It is indeed.
*Actually, it was exactly a year ago TODAY that I transferred into this particular branch. Happy Libraversay to me!