Monday, July 8, 2024



I was coming back into the staff area after an hour at the front desk. Two super nice older lady volunteers were finishing up with emptying our usual endless lot of book bins. This is always a big help, and I was overcome with feeling for the nobility of volunteers.

"I've been here for years." I proclaimed. "But I'm just a mercenary, coming to the library for my job. You two come here and empty all these bins just to be nice. You are the real heroes around here!"

They laughed and then joked with me. "Oh, they secretly pay us a ton of money under the table." One of them said.

"Well it can't be as much as they pay me!" I exclaimed. "I don't even know what to do with it all so I just buy more and more County Commissioners."

But after we finished with the joking back and forth I suddenly was overcome with doubt. 

"Just to make sure," I said, "I wasn't being sarcastic or anything. I meant it."

One of them looked kindly at me. "We know." She said.

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