When James was home with his nanny Morena before he could go to school with Zach they would go to the library reading time every Tuesday and Thursday. She would walk him there. In the heat. It is not that far but I would not walk it. And James loved it. He loves all music so she said he would dance and clap his hands and come home with stamps on his hands for “doing a good job”.

Zach has been wanting to go to “James’ library” since he heard about it. Now that Morena gets the boys from school and stays with them until I get home, they all go to the library to play on the computer and read books. However he did not have a library card to take books home.

He asked last time they were there and was told he needed a parent to sign. He has, of course, been telling Alex and I about it ever since. “I need a parent, Mommy, not a nanny, a parent, to go get me a library card.” He was not all that disturbed about the delay, just really wanted to relay the rules to us. So helpful.

So a couple weeks ago I took a morning off from work to go to storytime and get Zach a library card. I was super excited! This was going to be a fun morning with my boys! Reading books; listening to music, so, so great.

It was a complete nightmare.

When I have told my stay at home mom friends this story they all immediately make a face and start shaking their heads when I get to the part about me taking off work for story time. Why? Because it is jam packed with nannies and their charges. I mean packed. Also Zach decided he was tired or overhwhelmed and didn’t want to dance or sing or listen. Then one of his friends from school showed up but didn’t recongize Zach and seemed terrified to talk to him which sent my chatter box into a spiral of “Why didn’t he want to talk to me, Mommy?” It is very hard to explain to non-shy children why a shy child won’t/can’t talk to them. I feel it is the undisclosed side of shyness. But I digress.

All this time while I am trying to comfort Zach, get him to get off my lap and do something, James is trying to crawl away from me and up and on everyone and everything. I am literally pulling him by his legs across the carpet back to me.

I had to get the hell out of there. It had been 10 minutes.

But before we could go there was the little matter of the library card. Zach immediately spotted a Cars 2 book he wanted to check out, and the one right next to it (he could get 2) and we were off to the very high-tech book scanner to check out his books.

He was so thrilled! He read them on the way home and then again that night. And he loves his library card.


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