After the 2nd year of working in the best elementary school in Charleston County, I am looking forward to a fun, relaxing and busy summer vacation. I feel compelled to share my extreme and complete thankfulness to so many people:
First, my students. I may whine during the school year, but during 5th grade graduation, as I looked out on those adorable, eager faces, I was a little teary (I know – shocking) as I gave out library awards and for every award given, I saw 10 more deserving, kind, wonderful students that I wish I had a trophy, certificate and gold star for. I am not a fan of awards, mostly because libraries are for everyone forever. That’s it. In sum- everyone can benefit from being super library users for the rest of their lives. God, I like be my job! Seriously… the best!
I remember often a former student who told me a book I recommended is the ONLY book he ever finished. On one hand, I can’t imagine the empty pit in my life that is now full of great books I’ve read, and I’m sad he doesn’t have the long list I do. On the other, guess what? He liked a book! He finished a book! He still remembers ten years later the title of a book he liked. This victory may be small, but it is still important, and measured one kiddo, one book, one smile st a time!
So happy day, huzzah…. onward and upward.
Second, my super-fantastic library volunteers. I have 3 grandmas who visit me weekly or more often, shelve books, straighten shelves, and sometimes even dust. They are wonderful, and I don’t know how I could teach, have great programs or do anything well without their help. They are my helpers, emissaries and captains of the library cheerleading team. I am fortunate beyond measure thanks to Diane, Susan and Shelly! Oh, and they’re also fun, kind, nice women who I really like hanging out with!
And last, but not least, my wonderful family. My husband Jeff and kiddos Jake and Katie, have spent a lot of time helping me move furniture and books, been, “sources,” for research projects and sometimes warm bodies during lessons and story times. They are tuned into a librarian-focused life which sometimes has a laser focus on any Very Hungry Caterpillarish anything, Maurice Sendak and all his glory and of course our friend HP and Lemony Snicket. Grateful for their support and general niceness.
As I thank these great folks that are so important to my library life, I have turned my focus away from my library for a few months. I am working with my husband and parents to buy my parents’ business where Jeff has worked for 20 years. I am learning how to do invoices and print tags for oysters and clams. I am trying to make peace with being the dumbest person in the room, as I have way less experience and knowledge than EVERYONE else at the dock. It is an uncomfortable position to be in for me. But I’m working on it. Jeff is great and patient and my parents are working hard to make this transition as painless as possible.
It seems there is a recurring theme in my life – I am surrounded by kindness and am so very grateful for it. Day 3 of summer vacation just makes me ever more thankful for my two work families – my school and business. Life is good!