Today I just felt grumpy! Doesn’t happen that often, but occasionally I get frustrated by the sheer amount of work that I cram into each day. The endless barrage of little problems and questions and needs for attention. I am not complaining, just telling how I felt today. I think that being an elementary school librarian is the best job in the world, but today I felt grumpy. It’s a normal part of anyone’s life, right?
My wonderful husband wrote this poem for me after we had a few laughs about my day. It pretty much sums up how I felt today.
Ode on an Irritated Librarian
By John Wolfe
It’s 2:15; you’ve been running like a sprinter
mean streets of dusty shelves – more a marathon —
and you still haven’t replaced the toner in the printer
unshelved returns heap round, a permabound winter,
to be shelved at lunchtime – but that time has come and gone –
so when? you don’t feel compelled to even wonder.
In the repairs pile Harry Potter lies in splinters
or whatever wizards collapse into when their bindings gone
an angry insistent beeping rises from the printer
It was you who made this place the school’s center,
with reading buddies, buddies reading, voices on and on,
you love the buzz, but even the most seasoned sprinter
dreams of lolling lazy on a convenient manicured lawn
but in three minutes you’ll be helping 30 3rd-graders enter
passwords so complex they’d boggle the Pentagon.
And you’ll listen as first-graders read in halting sing song
some Dr. Seuss book you’d rather see a cinder
but your chance to hide the book has long since gone
And you still haven’t replaced the toner in the printer.