Monday, January 05, 2009

First Library Card

First Library Card
Originally uploaded by 3Birds
My youngest got his first library card today. My plan was to wait for a special day and make a Very Big Deal out of it, but today when we were gathering our books and cards he said "Me want my own card" so I told him we'd get him one that very day. And we did. The Enoch Pratt Free Library restricts new borrowers to just 2 books for their first check-out, and Finch chose Tana Hoban's Is It Larger? Is It Smaller? and a very large book (I swear it's almost as big as he is!) called Fire Engines UP CLOSE by Andra Serlin Abramson.

I loaded up on picture books and so could not get my reserved books, but they will hold them for me one more week. Highlights of my haul include Always, by Ann Stott, illus. by Matt Phelan; Starlight Goes To Town, by Harry Allard, illus. by George Booth; Island of the Skog, by Steven Kellogg (a perennial favorite); The Trouble With Dragons, by Debi Gliori; and Hill's End, by Ivan Southall. This last one is a middle-grade novel, not a picture book, and I'm hooked after only 3 pages.

On our way to the library we encountered 3 drunks (all friendly), the local schizophrenic (quiet today), a gang of heartbreakingly young would-be thugs, a Jehovah's Witness (nice of course, but very annoying), and one incredibly old man*. I rarely see another mom or dad with kids in tow, and I feel isolated and alien and other sometimes, which makes it all the more pleasant when the librarians greet me by name, remark on how fast the baby is growing, and grab my reserve books off the shelf as soon as I walk in the door. Even though I didn't get to check out my reserves because Pratt has that bothersome 30-book limit for all borrowers.

For the first time in weeks, I spent an entire day without knitting, crocheting, or sewing. In fact, the only creative thing I did today (besides parent) was to make dinner. Which wasn't all that creative because I've made it before. But it was tasty and nourishing. In the pipeline: a hat for Wren, another baby hat, a fabric stocking for the 2009 advent calendar.

*by 'incredibly old' I mean Methusalan! Antediluvian! And yet, still walking. Yes, his pace was excruciating, but he made it from his car to the liquor store without mishap and before we passed him.

dinner tonight: sauteed chicken cutlets with a white-wine pan sauce, rice pilaf with pine nuts and dried cranberries, sauteed spinach with shallots

1 comment:

Carolyn said...

Oh Happy Day! It's much easier to accept than a driver's license don't you think? :)