Our trip to town yesterday was a particularly fun one, even though we didn't manage to accomplish everything we needed.
Last week we had a bit of a crisis. Nathan couldn't find his wallet, which contained his prized Library card. We searched and searched in the usual places, and several not so usual places to no avail. Finally, we gave up and he ended up letting Pa check his books out for him. Afterwards, the search resumed, ending early yesterday afternoon when we had given up all hope of finding it, figuring it had slipped out of his pocket into a parking lot or something.
While feeling a bit down about the loss of his card, figuring he'd have to fill out the form again, and perhaps be required to pay a penalty for a replacement card, Nathan, as well as Lindsay were looking forward to their weekly trip to the Library.
We all loaded into the car and headed to town. Upon entering the doors of the Library we were surprised by the Children's Librarian, who came bustling over to us with a big smile on her face. "Lindsay! Here's your prize!" She handed Lindsay the prize she'd won in the Summer reading program's big drawing, then proceeded to tell her all about it, explaining she may want to check out a beginners book on the subject (it is an Origami book with paper) as the projects included were quite difficult even for her, and she'd been doing it for years. I found it entertaining to note that, knowing we would be there yesterday, they had removed Lindsay's prize from the case so they could greet her with it.
The kids then headed on in to look for books, as I began my weekly perusal of those books for sale when the Librarian called me over. "We found Nathan's wallet!" As she handed the familiar little black package over to me, I let her know how tickled Nathan would be. I immediately headed in the direction my children had disappeared and handed the wallet over to it's owner. He was thrilled indeed! He went right up to the desk where all 3 Librarian's were standing, with big smiles on their faces, and thanked them. He explained his fears, to which they explained that normally there would be a small fee, but they would have waived it this time, and he wouldn't have had to fill out the paperwork. Normally, they said, he would just have to answer a bunch of questions for positive identification, "But you wouldn't have to answer those questions, because we know who you are!" she said with a grin.
After leaving the Library we did our usual run around, grocery shopping, where the kids chatted it up with all the friends they've made over the years in the various shops about town. As we drove home I couldn't help but smile at my children's ability to make friends with folks from all age groups, all walks of life; How it sometimes seems to take forever just to leave a store after checking out because the employees are all stopping us to say hello to our children. The smiles we are greeted with all over town can't help but brighten our day.
Bonus Midweek Movie Review
This week Pa and I watched our second DVD a bit later than usual. August Rush was a wonderful film about a boy searching for his birth parents. For me, the music alone would have made this a worthwhile movie to watch. The story itself was but a bonus. While I can't say this is my favorite role for Robin Williams, he did play the part well, and showcased his ability to cross any attempts at typecasting. The young man, Freddie Highmore, who played the part of the boy was amazing. Due to some adult situations (although tastefully done with no nudity) I would give this a PG rating, perhaps even PG 13, so probably not a family film, unless the younger members of your family are teens. This is a heartwarming story of hope, love, inspiration, and following your dreams no matter what obstacles are tossed your way. Pa and I both enjoyed this movie, and heartily recommend it.
On the Homefront
I am happy to note that upon surveying my garden areas this morning, there is no sign of a doggie visitor in the night! I have yet to check for little green bugs in the pea garden, so keep your fingers crossed! I'll let you know as soon as it's safe to uncross them ;-)