I know these posts usually come out on a Friday, but I wanted to be able to write this post from a place of gratitude, you know? And that’s how I am feeling today. Yesterday, well, in the words of someone who commented on my blog recently, I was just “waiting until Friday.”
1. I was lamenting with a colleague how it seems like libraries have changed so much over the past few years. To me, they seem to have become very corporatized (well, some of them, anyway) and I look at my own library and see how it’s changed. When I started there, I was by far, the most inexperienced person. And I mean, BY YEARS, I was the least experienced. And knowledgeable. Now, I’m the one who has been in the department the longest. It’s scary, and it’s sad.
But, someone decided to make my day yesterday, and it came in the form of one of the reference librarians with whom I worked in the very beginning. Naomi came into the library yesterday for the first time since she had retired, back in 2006. She’s the only librarian in our library who has a plaque dedicated to her near the reference desk. At first when she walked in with her family, I asked “are you here for the reunion?” and then I looked at her and was like “oh my God, Naomi!!” and immediately ran at her.
That woman has probably forgotten more than I will ever learn in my life. She reminded me of a time in my job when I was always, always learning. You’d think you had exhausted every avenue you knew of, and every resource, and you’d go to one of the more senior librarians and ask, “is there anything I’m missing?” and inevitably they would come up with something. (I still have that today in a colleague or two, but it’s just not the same. When you add up all the years of experience in my department these days, we probably add up to about 1 to 1.75 of the library reference librarians’ experience before, and that was a big department of about 7.
When she left, her husband turned to me and said “you made her day,” and I said “no, she made mine.” We just kept giving each other hugs.
2. I may be dating myself by bringing up this movie, but does anyone out there remember the movie, Legends of the Fall? Back from around 1994? You may remember it had Aidan Quinn and Brad Pitt and Anthony Hopkins? Well, there was a line in the movie where the old Native American says something about Brad Pitt’s character, Tristan, coming into the “quiet stage” of his life. That’s kind of how I felt earlier this week when we had all that rain, and the shortness of the daylight seemed to be strikingly obvious to me, much more so than normal. It made me really start to think about things and get some things sorted out in my mind. And I have felt kind of “quiet.” It’s kind of like the feeling that comes over me when all I can hear in the apartment is the sound of the bubbling pet water fountain and maybe a snoring animal or two. Like right now, as I sit here typing this, every single furball in this place is sound asleep. It’s a feeling of contentment, of just feeling like everything is right as it should be, right now.
3. I am grateful for having good friends and for having good friends who give me good advice. Not necessarily what I want to hear, but good advice in that it comes from a good place inside of them and because it’s honest. One of them told me to think of my dreams or life as a sentence that you diagram – think about the big picture, and then see the parts that make up the whole. Think of what you want the end result to be, and then you’ll figure out how to get there.
4. I am grateful that the weather today is absolutely gorgeous. The sun is out, and lots of people are walking and running around the reservoir out back. It’s one of those days where I wish we could just freeze the calendar and not move forward.
5. I am grateful for quiet, peaceful days like today, where there is nothing on the schedule unless I want it to be. So, I’m going to the movies tonight with my best friend and her husband. We’re a movie watching trio – Gone Girl is what we will be seeing. I’ve read the book, so I can’t wait to see how it translates to the big screen. Definitely one of those books that is hard to put down.
6. I am grateful for young adult fiction about vampires. Yes, I said it. There, I admit it!! It’s what I like to read! It allows me to escape into another world and reminds me of what I loved about reading as a child. I used to lose myself in books, and now I”m doing it again.
7. I am grateful for views like those pictured above. And for coming home and seeing my two boys, Max and Sebastian, curled up on the loveseat (see below.) I wanted to sit there, but I don’t have heart to make them move. Could you??
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13 thoughts on “Little Things for Which I am Thankful”
I went to the library in Quartzsite AZ once, just to see it (in the 2+ months we were there). There were a lot of people here using it as an place to get on-line.
Our 6 month stay in Iowa was better because we a “temporary” library card, they had a good selection of books!
We went to the library in Rockport Texas to get a card, we told them we were only down for the winter (it cost $5/card, we shared one).
It appeared that we made the day for the guy who signed us up when we told we were not interested in internet access but rather books to read.
I did go on-line & bought some used fiction that I wanted to read & was not able to find at the library or either of the two used book stores.
Back here the books selection is shrinking, well the “on hand” selection is shrinking. Most of the books I want have to be shipped in, the library region is a big one. Having to wait is not the end of the world.
Our library here has a lot of stuff on line, I use my card # & pin from home several times a week.
I can believe it, Rob, you probably did make that guy’s day! Even at my library, with how “impressive” it is, I find that students use it mainly to work on their laptops, tablets or iphones. There is one faculty member that really uses it though, and I love seeing his papers all spread out over one of the long tables in the reading room. It’s like “now THAT is what a library is for!” About the shrinking on-hand collection, that is definitely everywhere. Budgets, plain and simple. I hope the library way of life never goes away.
I feel that way about higher ed, more corporatized! 🙂
I would love to hear your thoughts on Gone Girl. I read the book (twice) and then saw it with my book club friends. 🙂
Yeah, it’s kind of sad, Jill, actually. We have so many people working in my library that are not actually doing library work. My former coworker would not recognize the place, I have to say.
A great post! Naomi was there when I was in law school ! -1980. – 1983. Terry was too if you remember him -he was great with legislative histories.
I’m looking forward to hearing what route you end up taking. I don’t think I have the courage to follow my dreams.
Ginny, I miss them both so much. I shared an office with Terry before I went to BU. He was great . So smart…
Don’t say that, Ginny. You do have courage.
Thanks for the courage boost! It’s hard to decide what to do when I’d like to live in the country or mountains with a dog and he’d be very content to live out his life in our Cambridge condo. Hmmm…
I understand, Ginny, I do. You guys will work it out.
Great post, Terri; thanks for that and for the photo of Naomi. I saw “Gone Girl” over the weekend also and liked it more than the book (the end of the book kind of ruined it for me, if you know what I mean). This may seem contradictory, but I think this movie was as literal a translation from book to screen as I can remember; maybe that’s predictable when the novelist is hired to write the screenplay.
I agree, David, that’s what I thought too – they really didn’t cut out much from the book. Occasionally, I would explain something to my friend who saw it with me and hadn’t read the book but it wasn’t stuff she could have eventually figured out on her own. It’s weird, I think I liked the book more!
Love it Terri! Like always, thought provoking. It’s always a good reminder to be grateful for the little things. Thanks!!
Just waiting until Friday? I have you beat. I’m just waiting for 5pm each day, quitting time =)
Some days, I really know that feeling…