real library conversations #143
Then her Mom came over and we got to talking about the books, Rules, by Cynthia Lord (which I had also just recently read). The Mom wanted the daughter to read the book because, like the main character, this girl also has an autistic younger brother. The girl looked at her Mom (rolling her eyes) and then at me and said,
"I only like to read books that have nothing to do with my life. I don't want to read about stuff I already know about."
I had to laugh. I know where she is coming from. If you were to offer me a mystery that took place in a library, I would probably throw up my arms and say, "I don't give a shit if Marian the Librarian was beat to death with a microfilm roll! Give me a good Steinbeck!!
Then the girl's Mother went to check out their books. My new little friend continued to stand at the desk and tell me all about herself.
"I really want to date, but my Mom won't let me (this after she told me she was not even 11 years old!!) I also want a rat but my Mom won't let me get one of those either. If you got to choose would you rather have a rat or a mouse?"
Holy crap. Who gave this kid coffee for breakfast? Ha ha ha...kinda reminded me of what I was like.