It was fun and another "I love my job moment," that is until one little girl started acting like a cat and "meowing" at me, and then decided to lick my pant legs...umm?
On my lunch break I went to the local, WONDERFUL deli and was eating my sandwich and reading Pride & Prejudice when a woman came up to me with her daughter who I recognized from my morning group. Here is the conversation that followed:
"Do you work at WhippleFlipple? (name changed) My daughter said you work there."
"No, I work at Library X, I was at WhippleFlippe this morning reading stories about the ocean to your daughters class."
"Oh, really?! Honey, what kind of animals live in the ocean?"
Daughter shakes her head, so I try and help her out, "We talked about dolphins, seahorses, fish, jellyfish and whales."
"Wally was eating the pages of the books," the girl says and starts laughing--It was totally adorable, the little girl is so cute.
Her Mom looks confused.
"Ah, yes, Wally was our puppet helper who was supposed to turn the pages of the book we were reading, but he kept trying to eat the pages."
Her Mom smiled and after some more polite conversation their order came up and they left.
Yep, that's the gift I impart to children...book eating whales.
Upon telling the story of my run-in to one of the other Librarians I laughed and said that I am going to start going out incognito on my lunch break. I can just imagine the damage that might happen if the kids were to see "Miss Monster" leaving the nearby store with a 12 pack of Corona, a bag of limes, and a pack of Camel Lights. Yes, I have decided it would be best if I dressed like the guy in this picture...