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Friday, November 16, 2012

Just a Little Patience

 Kid: "Can you see if my book is here yet?"

Me: "Sure." (I check the kid's library card.)

Me: "There are a few holds ahead of you."

Kid "You mean I still have to wait?"

Me: "Yes. I'm sorry."

Kid: "It's okay. As long as I eventually get it. If not, I'll just shoot this whole library with a gun."

Me: "Um, WHAT?"

Kid: "Sorry, I get aggressive when I get mad." (She smiles sweetly.)

SEE WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU MAKE CHILDREN WAIT FOR BOOKS? VIOLENCE AND ANARCHY. WE HAVE ALL BEEN WARNED.

7 comments:

  1. LOL. :D Sounds like my children. o_0

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  2. Haha! I never heard something like that from kids in my library:)

    Greetings from Poland!

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    1. Must be an American thing :(

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    2. Oh God, I totally forgot about this post. It has an awful resonance now after the tragedy in Newtown. :(

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    3. Strange and eerie is this whole conversation, a microcosm of the current circumstances in our world this year. I have yet to brave a movie theater since the Batman massacre in Colorado but I can not live in complete hiding from all public places (especially the library). I can't help but think that something terrible is brewing in our culture, where death is somehow glorified, and images of killing and violence have saturated our lives to the point of numbing blindness and loss of human empathy. WORLD PEACE IN 2013 and beyond!

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      Thanks Rita for the opportunity to discuss this a bit and thank you for sharing your experiences with us on this blog.

      P.S. Somebody get that kid her book soon!

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  3. A customer came up to the desk at my library one time and said, "I have a bomb. Do I return it here?"

    "Is it overdue?" I asked.

    Of course, it's tragic to have such violent patrons, but I'm glad I don't work for an airline where comments like that would have to be taken seriously.

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