After 4 days of constant barraging of whine- and not the good kind that takes the edge off- Mom, can we go swimming? (It's raining) We never do anything fun! (this week they have had 3 games, 2 practices, and 3 friends over) I hate your stupid reward and punishment list! (it's working well, no?)... I gave in this afternoon... I brought them to the library. Now, this is not my idea of fun, but they were excited, so we were on our way.
So, at first I have to beg the lady at the counter for a good idea for a book for my 13 year old son, who frankly I'm afraid is turning all "emo" on me! He's not a lover of reading, but I insisted he find something to occupy rainy days and down time. He does not like Sci-Fi type stuff and he's not a girl- it seems like most of the books toward his age group were in those categories. So with eyes nearly getting stuck up in his head, the nice lady picked out 3 books that were sport related- perfect! As she walked away, he put them back- I know she saw him out of her peripheral vision- I (not so) slyly slapped off his baseball hat and muttered as I ground my teeth "you are getting those damn books!"
Lovely, so we are off to a nice start on our little outing. Next, I run over to child #2- she is going in 4th grade and has read every book in each series that she has any interest in. She's flipping through a magazine. "Ooh, Will Camp Rock or High School Musical be better!" Don't know, don't care, you're making me look like a bad mom, by flipping through a thoughtless magazine in a library (bad influence, ya think?)- go find a BOOK or 8!
Now, child #3, is a lover of books, finally! She was reading in preschool and has a seventh grade reading level(she is going into 2nd)- not a skill that she inherited from me! But it's awesome, she's a borderline geek when it comes to books. Don't get me wrong, she's very cool and has friends, but she is sucker for non-fiction! By time I'm done with #1 & #2, #3 has about 15 encyclopedia looking books- she's ready to go. She's my favorite at this moment!
I run back to the preschool age books and grab a handful (sadly, the ones she likes are the ones that are taken from cartoons-oh well) of Dora, Calliou, Barney, Arthur and I threw in some Berenstain Bears for good measure because I like them. Done. Head to the front to checkout.
I owe $24.80 from last summer's overdue books!!! WTF? I don't have my checkbook or $25 cash, so she says since it's under $25 that I can still check out new books and I will have to pay next time I come in (which may be a while after the way this trip went!) So we get all checked out, put our ridiculous number of books in my eco friendly grocery bags and I've lost Beebs! I find her playing with dolls, wha? Where did you get these from? There is a display where they sell "Ty" Brand baby dolls- AT THE LIBRARY!!! So the tug of war is on. I try to pull them out of a very strong, screaming and yelling 3 year olds' grip. The tags rip off and I throw them back on the display and run out.
My theory proves true, this trip was a huge let down, that's what I get.
Now I must:
Find a new library, preferably one without a toy department!
Remember to turn these books back in ON TIME!
Never be foolish and do something "nice" for my kids again!