Me: The Library Card Stage Mother
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|Tue, 05-19-2009 - 4:02pm|
Molly has been attending story time at the library since she was 9 months old. We visit at least once a week and go to many of the events because our library is so AWESOME.
When Molly was younger - maybe 2 but she could have been 3, she asked me when she could get her own library card and the librarian overheard her and said, "When you can write your own name."
She's been writing Molly for a long while, but just in the last few weeks she's started to also write our last name, which features one of her trickiest letters, that wily, elusive, "K." She's been practicing and practicing. But I wasn't in any rush or anything. I figured, when she can do it, we'll take her to get her card.
This morning she burst into the room holding a piece of paper with her full name written clearly and announced, "I'm getting my library card!!! Look! I wrote it!"
So, when we arrived for story time, I picked up an application, filled it out, and at the bottom, she wrote perfectly her full name. We took it to the circulation desk and they were so excited! After the librarian processed her application, he handed me her card and a sharpie and said, "Now she just has to write her name on her card." The librarian next to him said, "Maybe she should take it to a desk." and I said, "That sounds good." but he said, "She can use one of these books as a desk." And she had the sharpie and was all ready so I said, "Okay," and lowered down to hold the book while she wrote her name.
Well...the library card was a little smaller than the paper she usually works on, and she ran out of space after the second letter of our last name. She started to WAIL immediately and say, "I'm out of space...AND I FORGET HOW TO WRITE A K!!!" I said, "Honey, calm down, you can write it above. You know how to write a "K"" Meanwhile, the librarians are looking at me skeptically. So she wrote the last three letters above, the whole time sobbing. Then she held the card and said, "It's HORRIBLE! It looks TERRIBLE! I can't write my name!!!"
The librarians are looking on helplessly and one of them is kind of giving me a look like, "You rushed her into this. You should be ashamed of yourself." LOL - as if I wasn't already feeling awful about the whole thing.
In the end, they had me initial by her name and we left, with her screaming and not even accepting the "I got my library card today" sticker. It was miserable. I feel like from now on she'll have a negative association with getting a library card. :(
She was so out of control with her meltdown that I said we couldn't go to the park or Target afterwards. We came home and a few minutes ago, I used nail polish remover to take off her old name and had her re-write it the way she wanted with a Sharpie. Now she is proud of the card and can't wait to take it to Share day at school on Friday - but I still feel like a jerk! Even though I didn't put the pressure on her about the card - she does know how much I love the library and I was excited about the prospect of her getting her own card. I even brought the camera to get a picture of her holding her card in victory afterwards (that photo op will have to wait...LMAO.)
It did teach me a lesson about maybe not rushing things. I should have had her practice on littler paper, as well.
Anyway, I think the librarians have rightfully dubbed me the "Library Card Stage Mother." There's probably a caricature of me in the back with a cattle prod in my hand saying "YOU WILL GET YOUR CARD!"