I’ve been mentioning how busy we’ve been at the library, thanks to my old friend, Summer Reading. I was having a particularly hectic desk, and I was rushing across the library with a teenager in hopes of picking over the Assignment section to see if any Mark Twain books were left. On the way, I saw a couple of 20-somethings Instagramming this quote we have up on the wall:
I could see the couple muttering to each other and shaking their heads. I wasn’t sure what was up, but I did know that whatever it was, I didn’t want a part of it. I tried to usher the teen patron past them as fast as I could, but the couple spotted me. I could tell that they were mad and wanted to tell me all about it. Our conversation went as follows:
Male Hipster Patron: Are you the librarian?
Me: Yes, can I help you?
MHP: Have you read this?
Me: Never really noticed it before.
MHP: Read it. And tell me what you think.
Me: (reading it over) Eh…sounds about right to me.
MHP: It’s totally inappropriate to have this up in the Young Adult room! There’s no such thing as a stupid idea!
Me: Really? Well, I better help this patron! (hastily runs off to find stray copies of Huck Finn)
Luckily, my crazy desk was over not long after that, and I went to tell my coworkers what the MHP had said, and we all thought it was pretty funny. As we’re talking, I notice a plate of muffins that must have been left over from some sort of event or program. I absentmindedly pop one into my mouth and continue to talk to the other librarians.
As we’re chit-chatting, my mouth gets really numb. My lungs feel kind strained and my breathing becomes a little labored. Crap, I think, this is a banana muffin.
I’m allergic to bananas.
I spit the muffin out and figure that since I only had two bites, I’m probably going to be OK. I’m a little freaked out, but I’ve had worse allergic reactions. I was fine within the hour.
So, basically, I had a really good idea to eat a muffin, but then I ate it, and found out how stupid the idea really was.
See, concerned hipster patron? There are stupid ideas. I have them all the time!
Walter Dean Myers: 1. MHP: O.
Books win again!
~Love and Libraries, Ingrid