Thursday, January 20, 2011
Librarians Are Like Florists
Librarians are like florists. Within 5 minutes, they know just the kind of person you are, the person you aren't, and the person you want to be. A florist watches you as you pace back and forth deciding on the flower with just the right meaning. A librarian watches as you decided whether or not to pay your past due fine.
A florist is someone you can tell a deep dark secret to, or someone you go to to get help with your big and happy surprise. A librarian scans all of your books, and can see your deep dark secret, or your biggest passion.
They are not so different. Sure, the job titles are different, but they can both sum up your life in 5 minutes without asking a question. They are observers. They both see you as you are. The good, the bad and the ugly..and not only do they not judge you for it (at least not to your face), but they accept it and keep it confidential.
Now, I must admit, my library collection is probably pretty dull compared to some other people...but as you can see, amongst all of the light hearted learning, there are some deeper and emotional situations hiding amongst all of that fun.
When it was time to check out, I was nervous that the librarian would want to talk about it when I wasn't ready to. It was like my emotions were right there at the surface and they could see right through them. I was sure of it. But...the librarian kept his head down, scanned the books and quietly sent me on my way. And for the first time in my life, I truly saw librarians for what they are. They are the flowers of great secret keepers...and for that, I am ever so grateful.
Have you checked out any books at your local library lately? How was your visit?
1. Drawing Animals by Joe Singer and Norman Adams
2. Human Anatomy Made Amazingly Easy by Christopher Hart
3. Teach Yourself Visually Photoshop CS4 by Mike Wooldridge
4. The Photoshop CS/CS2 Wow Book by Linnea Dayton & Cristen Gillespie
5. The New Acrylics by Rheni Tauchid
6. The Secret Art of Dr. Seuss by Theodor Geisel & Maurice Sendak
7. Photoshop CS4: Top 100 Simplified Tips and Tricks by Lynette Kent
8. 60 Minutes To Better Painting by Craig Nelson
9. Helping Your Child With Autism Spectrum Disorder by Stephanie B. Lockshin, Jennifer M. Gillis & Raymond Romanczyk
10. Easy Watercolor: Learn To Express Yourself by Marcia Moses
11. Mother Warriors: A Nation Of Parents Healing Autism Against All Odds by Jenny McCarthy