Wednesday, May 27, 2020
I ask you if things look a bit off...
Today I had a cart full of fiction to shelve. This doesn't happen so often for me these closed pandemic library days. In the elevator I noticed a book near the start of my top shelf by an author named Rilla Askew.
I got very excited!
I tilted the book to an odd, 45 degree angle so it stood awkwardly out in its row, but with its spine clearly reading:
(Heartsong being the name of the book).
Then I looked for someone to share it with.
Two librarians were deep in conversation at the front desk, so no go there. However, there was a librarian in the phone room. I wheeled my loaded cart towards him, and...
The phone rang!
But I heard the murmur of distant voices. Two people were shelving out towards the end of Science Fiction. I headed over enthusiastically, but they were talking animatedly, and it was about work!
So I gave it up.
I just wanted, all I wanted, was to point to my book, with my finger casually at that author's last name on the spine, and say:
"Look. It's Askew."
An awful lot of times when I'm at work I have no friends here but you.