Monday, April 24, 2023

Long time


I was back working at the library after a few days off. I have actually been free from the library for quite a few days in the past few weeks, for a variety of reasons, and I found it a little difficult to be back on this short-staffed Sunday.

A woman came up to me at the front desk and said "You have been here for a really long time!"

I assented.

"No." She reiterated. "A really long time."

I assented again, thinking "It takes one to know one."

"I mean that in a good way." She added.

"That's nice." I said. 

I meant it in a good way too then.

At which point she added "You might not think so after the next thing I tell you."

Her thing wasn't all that bad. She just had a late book. Albeit it was several years late. But I didn't feel put out about it at all. Late books rarely offend me.

 Nevertheless I couldn't take the book back after so long. Fortunately it was just a skinny kid's paperback thing- $4.99. "You can pay it whenever you want." I said. "Or never. Plus you get to keep the book." Then I stripped the little long lost book of all its labels like I was breaking a Sargent back to a Private after they led their platoon to a humiliating defeat in an important battle.

She took it all okay, I thought.

I guess I did too.

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