The life of a librarian isn’t always glamorous. It’s not all slowly taking off glasses and shaking my hair free of its conservative bun. There’s more to it than inspiring a love of reading and helping students work on projects. There’s also the thrill and excitement of fielding call after motherfucking call of people looking for the IT guy. Though no fault of the IT guy’s own (he’s super awesome), people think that because we work in the same room, I must have his schedule memorized and beyond that, I must actually tell him what to do, prioritizing tasks based on how loudly a person just yelled at me. Keep in mind, we have different offices and unique phone extensions. But I can’t make it to 9 am without fielding six or seven calls asking if Carlos is there and wondering if I could perhaps fix their computer issue for them. Sorry. I can’t. I’m kept too busy with wearing sensible shoes and shushing.
Isobel is kind of OCD when it comes to dirt. Rather, she really enjoys finding any speck of dirt on the floor that she can and immediately screams EW YUCKY DIRT DIRTY DIRT EW EW MESSY! Although I still find it amusing the 100th time as I did the first time, the fact that I have a toddler constantly on the lookout for dirt on the floors isn’t helping me feel accomplished. Between the kid and the cat and the leaves tracked in and out every time someone comes and goes… let’s just say there’s no shortage of crumbs or pieces of grass or shredded bits of couch for her to flip out over. I appreciate the sentiment, honey. But we’re just going to have to leave some of that dirt there for now.
Isobel is not fond of changing into her pajamas so I made a Big Deal one night of telling her she was going to wear her Owl Jammies. She has a marked affection for owls for some reason, and one set of her pajamas features a litle applique owl. Now every time it’s time to change into pajamas she starts shouting OWL JAMMIES! OOOOOWL! JAAAAMIES! HOOOOO! HOOOOO! Which is great, except that we have the one pair so she’s rewareded for her efforts about every third day. Basically I feel this proves something integral about parenting: sometimes the solutions you find lead to new, and even more inventive problems. Parenting is evolution at its most exhausting.
I’ve had several
million coworkers have asked me when we’re going to have another baby. As if they were waiting for us to just reach into the ether and pull one out. I respond by tossing out a vague, “We’ll see,” or “eventually” because I suspect people would not be happy if I told them that I’m waiting until I can train Isobel to feed our cats without breaking things or dumping cat food all over the floor. You see when I was pregnant with Isobel, my sister moved in with us. When I became too huge to bend down or squat, it was her job to feed the cats. I realized that until I have a replacement cat feeder that doesn’t leave for business trips (sorry, husband) I can’t think of having another. Isobel trains every day, though, and is making great strides in her technique. I just hope my vintage milk-glass bowls survive.