Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Turned Brain

"She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain."
- Louisa May Alcott

It's great fun to see your kids take flight. This one may have inherited her father's penchant for reading for long stretches. Tonight she read
Marvin Redpost for an hour and a half, not moving. I have never seen her still (and quiet) for that long. She got her own library card this week and is very, very proud. Her teacher said Sarah told her about the card 4 separate times.

Sarah's library card was a result of us hitting the limit the last few times we've gone. The kids and I are marauders, shrieking and flailing our way to the stacks (some hyberbole here). Books! CDs! Magazines! Learning kits! It's all too exciting. In the summer we visit at least twice a week. Hitting the limit is a little embarrassing, like we've overdrawn an account. The librarians (do I imagine this?) snivvle, like they sense our gimme-the-goods attitude. Aren't we supposed to do this? The library plies its patrons with "Support Your Library" swag. Aren't we just obeying? They are firm: we can't check everything out. We stagger out with our bags. At home we shiver, delighted with all the choices. 


amywb said...

a girl after my own heart - and what a gorgeous photo. we, too, get just that giddy at the library. I am still in awe that such a place even exists.

Stacy said...

Aw! I was a bookworm as well growing - still am actually. Nothing like a good book and a warm corner to escape to savor the day! And I LOVE the library - reached our limit just a few days ago - we check out far too many books. I think I have the entire collection of sewing books available at the library at my house right now.