Saturday morning, I moved with great difficulty after hosting our newly minted 12 year-old’s slumber party at our home. Still, I wanted to get out of the house for an hour. And I needed to pick up some books on hold for me at our library.
If you are anything like me, you find the holidays annoying in part because the library is not open during normal business hours. And because of this, the beginning of any holiday signifies a trip to the library to haul twenty to thirty books back to your home for consumption.
I arrived at the library ten minutes before it opened, and waited outside its doors with at least two dozen other people.
Let me repeat that: We were not standing outside of a toy store on Black Friday to get the next hottest toy, we were not waiting in line for tickets for the opening day of the biggest blockbuster movie of the season. Instead, we were anxiously awaiting the opening of our neighborhood library.
“They’re taking their own sweet time, to open up, aren’t they?” one eager patron mumbled. I laughed. “Yes, but how cool is this? There’s a line for the library on Saturday morning…The library!”
There may be hope for humanity after all.
Here’s some of our loot, in case you’re looking for something to read: