After 15 years of employment, the library continues to provide me with little jewels of humor and insight…Part One was getting pretty lengthy, and so, onto Part Two!
- A young boy came up to one of my co-workers and requested “The Life of Pi,” pronouncing Pi as “Pee.” When she tried to correct him, he insisted that he wanted “The Life of Pee.” Perhaps it’s a potty training book…?
- As he tried to leave, a boy managed to tangle himself in the wires of one of our preschool game computers. A little girl was standing nearby, and as he fought to free himself, he began to plead to her: “Help me, my friend! Help me!”
- A three-year old was really excited for Halloween, as she explained to one of my co-workers: “I just love your Halloween decorations. I love Halloween. I’m going to be a mermaid…like Ariel…you know that big mean Ursula? I don’t like her…”
- Two little boys discussing marriage in the preschool play area. Boy One is insisting that he had gotten married (much to Boy Two’s disbelief).
Boy Two: “Was it yucky when you kissed?”
Boy One: “Well, SHE said it was yucky.”
Little do these kids know that this similar conversation is played out by men in bars all over the world.
- When asked not to sit on our Duplos play table, a boy replied “I was sleep-sitting.” (Incidentally, sleep-sitting was how I got through some of my college classes…)
- In overhearing a conversation between two children at our department’s Duplo table, one of the children blurted out “He’s dead! He’s dead, honey! He’s dead!” I’m not sure what precipitated this outburst. I just hope it wasn’t some sort of confession.
- A little girl talking to one of my co-workers: “Librarian? I am very good. I am like a butterfly. I like to twirl. Watch! Librarian? I think the library is lovely. I really like what you do here.” Who could ask for a higher compliment?
- A fifth-grade boy asking for a particular DVD (see if you can guess which movie): “This really old movie. It starts with the letter ‘P.’ It has dinosaurs. And the guy on the cover is wearing a pizza. And it’s old. I watched it on Netflix & my aunt said it was old. Oh, they drive cars with their feet.”
- Overheard in the Youth Services Department: Girl (to another girl): “I recognize that you’re a girl because of your shoes. I’m a girl too!”
Little Girl: (running up, concerned) Are you okay?
Me: Yeah, just a sneeze.
Little Girl: Okay…bless you!
- Child whispering to one of our game computers: “Bye-bye, computer. I’ll see you again, my friend.”
- You know you’re getting old when…An exchange between a coworker and a child at the Youth Services Desk:
Child: (looking into a bowl of giveaway patches) What are these?
Coworker: Iron-on patches
Child: What’s an iron?
- Overheard by a staff member:
Boy 1: “Do you live in (name of town)?”
Boy 2: “No silly, I live in my house!”
- Another overheard conversation:
Boy 1: “Who is your favorite friend?”
Boy 2: “I don’t really have any friends.”
Boy 1: “Can I be your friend?”
Boy 2: “Yes!”