Friday, June 29, 2012

back to the books

We were much too busy (with vacation bible school, out-of-town guests, etc) to check in at the library last week.  So on Wednesday of this week, we had some catching up to do there.  Fortunately we had our books read, and documented, even started a chapter book series that I'm reading to the younger kids (more on that later.)  So with paperwork in order, we headed out.

Becky wasn't in...the kids all wondered if something was terribly wrong..."Did she quit mom?!"  No, we hadn't driven her to that just yet, I assured them.  Even library ladies need a day off, I explained.  (Thinking in my head "Especially library ladies need a day off!"  Wow.

Anyhow, to make things easier on the lady at the Reading Club table, I sent the little kids off to "check out new books."  (Code for: play with the toys/trains, look for the craft, or do a puzzle.)
I handed her each of the kids booklets, and we moved through them smoothly with no arguments about change-of-names or anything.  At last we were finished, and it occurred to me, I hadn't seen Anne doing her usual book sort lately.  Shoot.  "Anyone seen Anne?" I whispered to the kids...nope. 

Just then, the little booger came sashaying her way out of Ms. Becky's office.  Quite oblivious to the fact (or proud of, maybe) that she was covered head to toe in yesterday's cold coffee, and still toting Becky's coffee mug.  I followed her soggy tracks back to her desk chair, which was also covered in the wonderful-smelling brew.  Darnit!  (thank you Lord that it was not a hot cup-o-joe.)
She climbed right back up on the chair, and pointed proudly, even mumbled "hot!  no, no, no."  And then grinned like the Cheshire Cat.  Darnit...she's too dang cute. 

So I spent the next 10 minutes scrubbing Ms. Becky's office chair with papertowels, and damp sponges graciously provided by one of the other librarians.  I have to say, the chair looked very new...and they seemed happy for me to take the heat on this one.  The fabric was nice, and must have been scotch-guarded at some point.  Thank you God.  The coffee seemed to come out nicely.

I'll have to send Ms. Becky an apology note, and perhaps a travel mug with a lid:)

And so continues our Summer Reading club drama. 

9 comments:

Anonymous said...

Wow. Good thing nothing happen to her. Maybe you should have the older ones look after her,if you're busy.

Anonymous said...

Guess you don't post all your comments. Makes me wonder if your for real. It's not a real blog, unless you post good and bad. Sounds like your blogging for handouts. Too bad.

Anonymous said...

Ahhhh......a true coffee drinker just like her Mom, her G-ma and her Great G-ma.

jamie said...

I don't currently have comment moderation enabled...so everything should post immediately. Occasionally the Blogger site marks things as Spam...thank you for pointing out that your comments didn't post...I did recieve them in e-mail, so didn't think to check the blog.

Not every blog is for everyone. But, thanks for checkin in.

Anonymous said...

To the person who posted the first and second Anonymous posts: Didn't your mother ever tell you if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it.
Jamie, I heard you talk at the Imperfectly Perfect Women (or something like that) retreat at Maria Stein, and I've been following your blog ever since. I enjoy that you share the things that go right AND wrong in your life, and that you live your faith through all of it. God's Blessings.

Christy said...

Sounds like an exciting trip to the library! Glad Anne is ok. Kids are quick! Thanks, Jamie for sharing tidbits of your life with us! I admire your willingness to do so and always enjoy reading your posts. You have a beautiful family!

Anonymous said...

Thanks for being a real Mom. That is why I love reading your post. Real Mom's have real moments multiplied x number of children. If you only posted the positive moments, we would all feel completely inadequate in our vocations as mothers. For the record I have found everyone of my children playing on the road. One of them with a semi truck coming while there older sibling were watching them! We are not superheroes. We cannot be with every child at every time. That is why they/we have guardian angels. Which we should pray for often! Keep up the good work! In moments when people make us feel inadequate, we need to remember God felt we were the most perfect parents for each of our children!!!! Thanks for being such a good Mother and motivating to be a better mother!

Pam Kaiser said...

Jamie ~

I love what you share with all of us on your blog. You always make me giggle! Thanks for being "real". ;)

Amy said...

I'm sure Becky got a good laugh out of this when the story was told! She's the best! Happy reading!