It's been a challenging week. I've had a lot of really painful back problems all week. But because of a variety of other health issues around my house, and difficulties with the library involving the Pandemic, I had gone through too much of my sick time over the past half year to feel comfortable staying home from work.
So there I was, on a Wednesday in early March that was hinting broadly of Spring, answering the phones:
"Good afternoon. Lilyvale Library, this is Feldenstein." I said brightly into the receiver.
"Wow, you sound like you're having a good day!" They said back.
"Oh." I replied. "That's just performative. I just play a happy, engaged, and helpful person in my role as a person working at the library."
They either didn't get it or buy it. "I'm doing pretty good today too."
"It is a fantastically beautiful day." I admitted.
Because, despite everything, it kind of is.