Friday, February 9, 2024

Leaning in


A man came up to me at the front desk of the library. "Do you have the schedule of upcoming events at the library?" He asked.

"No." I replied. "And it's terrible! Administration decided to no longer print it in a newsletter and instead wants people to look into events online and through random event flyers that we rarely print. It's a horrible idea!"

"I'm really disappointed! I like to have something to look at." The patron responded, almost as mad as me about it.

"Yes, every sensible person does.We might as well get rid of the books and just let people use our insufficient e-reader app if they want to read books!" I exclaimed. "It's practically criminal in its lack of vision."

The library patron seemed a little taken aback. "This really is unfortunate." He said a bit uncertainly.

"Yes, it's unbelievable." I mutter in disgust.

"I prefer to have something to look through." The man adds quietly.

"It's the most natural thing in the world. Everyone I know is bitterly unhappy about it. It was a boondoggle of a decision" I add.

The man took a breath as if to complain more, but he found nothing in himself but weariness. He let the breath out, turned around, and walked sadly away.

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