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Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Yesterday, as I was leaving the library, a kid I know stopped me to say hi. (She’s about 12 and has said to me in the past: “You’re my best friend…in the library.” I appreciated this even WITH the qualifier.) She gave me a hug like she always does and I asked her how she was doing. She kind of looked down at the floor, nodded, and said “I’m okay.” I immediately grew concerned.

Me: “Are you sure you’re okay?”

Her: “Well, sorta.”

Me: “Is something wrong?”

She nodded again. “Things are kind of intense right now.”

My heart kind of dropped and I steeled myself for a conversation about Newtown, family trouble, school troubles, or any of the above combined. I would say the right thing. I would be there for her. I would get her help if she needed it.

“What’s going on that’s intense for you?”

“Well, ‘The Vampire Diaries’ is OVER. I have nothing to look forward to anymore.”

I let out the breath I’d been holding and almost laughed with relief. She was okay. I, on the other hand, have been a bundle of electric nerves and raw emotions since Friday.

There is no sense in tragedy. There are no lessons to learn, except maybe these: to give love (or at least kindness) freely, to listen to those around us and let them know that they are heard and understood. I do what little part I can in the world around me - even if it’s just listening to a lamentation about a favorite television show ending.

You never know what’s important to someone. You never know what will matter until it’s possibly too late.

6 comments:

  1. The lead-in made me nervous, too! Nicely told.

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  2. That's all my 14 year old cousin talked about during the holidays. Wait, maybe that WAS my cousin. O_o

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  3. The cliffhangers on The Vampire Diaries are pretty intense. I kind of see where she's coming from. Also, super glad that only TVD was bugging her. That problem will be resolved very soon once the hiatus ends, unlike many other problems.

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  4. Very good!
    In Brazil (I'm from São Paulo and working at a Mario de Andrade Public Library) the behaviour of teenagers is similar in relationship with the tv series.
    I like to read you.

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