Thursday, August 11, 2016

MARIANNE STORIES #33

June 4
Weird day today, one that challenged my love of people and public service. It began with an opening phone call from a belligerent woman who demanded to know what summer camp activities we were having for the children. I explained we were not a summer camp. She replied she knew that, but she wanted to know what field trips we had planned. I told her we didn't do field trips. I explained the summer reading game, but she wanted to know what I was planning to offer the children in terms of trips to the zoo, the museums, the park. I explained again that we had no trips. 

"You mean, you are not having trips?" 

"Yes, that is correct." 

"Let me get this straight, is it only you that's not doing trips and why is that if everyone else is?" 

I explained that no one was doing trips. 

"You used to. You had all kinds of trips. Please Touch Museum, Zoo . Like that." 

I told her we never did those trips, but that in some years, cultural institutions gave us passes to give to the children as prizes. 

"Give me Welsh Road's phone number. Since you obviously don't want to give children a camp experience with trips, I'll call a more cooperative library. What are we supposed to do with these kids now that they are out of school?" I refrained from answering, "How about parenting them!"

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7 comments:

  1. How strange. And it does leave you with a not so good feeling after talking to someone like that. Instead of those that could be saying thank you for volunteering your time to help others! Weird! Hope today is better my friend. Hugs!

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    1. This is from my friend, Marianne. She gets all these things happening to her. I'm glad I don't work anymore. Well... at the library anyway.

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  2. Kathy, That sounds like a case of ..."why did you have children if you do not want to tend to them"...too many parents want other to raise their kids.. That lady calling the library had a bossy, nasty attitude.I knew when I had children, that I wasn't going anywhere for about 20 years. LOL. But I got a job and more education while raising my daughters. But I always knew I was their mom....not their best friend , buddy , or pal. They became my best friends once they were grown. I am blessed. Wishing you and Joe a great day. xoxo, Susie

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    1. Oh, exactly Susie. If you don't want to take care of kids, don't have them.

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  3. "You use too..." "Give ME!" You can't please all the people all the time! Staying your sweet self probably only aggravated her more.I might have told her I didn't have that number available, she'd have to look it up herself!

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    1. This isn't me, it's my friend Marianne who guest posts here about once a week. And if we ever told someone we didn't have another library's phone number we could get in a lot of trouble. It's online so we had no excuse to not give it out. People are wonderful, aren't they?

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  4. I agree with Susie. Why did you have children? It's not a big secret they need almost constant care. Can you imagine the relatives she must try to 'guilt' into babysitting for her??
    Stay pawsitive!

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