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Thursday, August 9, 2012

Ref Desk of Fortune

Yesterday evening was pretty slow, so I talked for a while with one of the library regulars, who is 12 years old. She started making one of those folded fortune teller things that kids make (which, as everyone knows, are completely and totally accurate).  

Her: "Okay, name a good fortune."

Me: "Um. Being happy in life?"

Her (making a face): "No."

Me: "Winning the lottery?"

Her: "Nah. Kids can't play the lottery."

Me: "Oh, okay, this is for kids. Winning lots of...candy?"

Her: *blank stare*

Me: "I don't know!"

Her: "Okay, okay. Name some BAD fortunes."

Me: "Um. Losing your...favorite toy?" (I didn't want to get too dark, although later she put "dying from a disease on the list." There you have it.)

Her: "RITA. Give me something that kids actually DO these days."

Me: "Why don't you just tell ME what a bad fortune would be for kids?"

Her: "I don't know."

Me: "How about losing your library card?"

Her: "FACEPALM." (Note: she actually SAID "facepalm" and put her palm over her face for EXTRA DRAMATIC EFFECT.)

Me: "What! I would be sad if I lost my library card."

Her: "No. That's not THAT bad. Okay, I'm putting 'bad luck for the rest of your life.' It means that you get lots of money and then lose it in the same day."

Me: "Sounds like lots of adults I know."

Her: "Okay, here's your fortune: YOU WILL BE RICH."

Me: "Yay!"

Her: "It probably won't come true...but it gives people hope!"

Me: "Hope is a good thing."

We tried the fortune teller again. This time, I was not so lucky.

Her: "Uh oh."

Me: "What?

Her: "You don't want to know."

Me: "Tell me!"

Her: "YOU WILL FAIL IN LIFE."

Me: "I knew it."

My attempt at making a fortune teller. It's safe to say that "origami expert" is not in my future.

 A little bit later, she asked me a question for the ages:

Her: "What do you think is the perfect life?"

Me: "I don't know. I think just being happy is a good start. What do YOU think is the perfect life?"

Her: "To have everything the way I want it. If I want people there, they will be there. If I don't want them there, they won't be there."

Me: "Well, you can sorta make that happen that when you're older."

Her (after thinking): "Actually, I just want magic."

Don't we all?

3 comments:

  1. Okay... I want magic too.... and I loved fortune tellers when I was a kid... :::making note to find instructions again::::

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  2. Okay... I want magic too.... and I loved fortune tellers when I was a kid... :::making note to find instructions again::::

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  3. Haha, I love this! There is nothing that brightens my day quite as much as getting a kid like this to chat to at the bookshop... Oh, and I TOTALLY used to be a Mistress of the Origami Fortune-Teller. True story. :)

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