Tuesday, August 18, 2009

The Library

Gabriella went to the library for the first time today.

We had the entire children's floor to ourselves, and she was uncharacteristically cautious at first. Taking one book from the shelf at a time. Spinning a globe of the world. Lifting up a metal bookend and asking her favorite question of all time: "Mama, what's this?"

Then Gabriella came across the animal puppets, one of which was a giraffe. A GIRAFFE, MAMA! A GIRAFFE!!

Oh, boy.

Gabriella started to dart around bookcases. She stopped listening to me altogether. And eventually she tripped right over her own white-sandaled feet. Knocked her head against a wooden chair. (The sound was dreadful). Screamed bloody murder. (This sound was worse).

Luckily, neither she nor the librarian held a grudge. Once outside, sitting on the curb in the oppressive heat and waiting for Michael to pick us up, Gabriella turned to me and said, "Mama, I love the library."


Oh, and for the record, after all that, the book Gabriella checked out is:

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