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"...a Thing which seemed very Thingish inside you is quite different when it gets out into the open..." - Winnie

The Firsties filed into the library ready for fun and adventure because they always are. This day, we read Make Way For Ducklings because to be a duck in a Robert McClosky book is a grand adventure, complete with Swan Boats, friendly police officers, peanuts and traffic jams. I consider aloud what kind of home a duck might like. They know it all. I show them photos of a real drake but some don't think it's beautiful. I show them a statue memorializing this beloved story but aren't there any stickers?

One understands the reason for the coloring of the female. One admires Officer Mike. One, or so, spends the entirety of the reading conceiving ways to aggravate neighbors and know not what's up with those ducks. Or whatever. One wonders if I have Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl. One wishes that baby duck didn't have his name even if it does rhyme with quack.

One says I'm doing a good job picking out books for him so keep up the good work, he says, and do I know that Vincent Van Gogh cut his ear off and gave it to a guy?

One takes offense when, even though he was standing there, another one took his spot, then said, "No, you weren't". But he was, too.

One wonders if I have Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl.

One brings me book after book with no quiz sticker even though his teacher says he needs to read for a quiz but only after he tries sitting in the spot he knows he shouldn't and then took that spot when that one got up.

I wonder if my library is the rowdiest one in the history of the world.

One wonders if I have Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl.

So I look, finally, for Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl because this one waited determinedly, if not patiently, throughout an age inappropriate discussion of insane Dutch artists.

"Yes, I did know about Van Gogh. I thought you would find that interesting. Pretty weird, huh?"

"Yes, but I like that art book."

"I'm glad. Sometimes artists are a little weird, you know."

"We are?"


And I never did find that Fly Guy.


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