conversations with strangers #54

i am talking to strangers?! what? why?

the line stretched five people deep, and though i was in a hurry, it was warm inside the library and i needed to thaw. the mother in front of me placed her two books on the counter next to her son’s two books. the librarian scanned the boy’s books first and he eagerly grabbed them as soon as they were ready. his eyes were saucer sized and his grin even larger as he flipped through the pages. the mother traded her thanks for her two books from the librarian and nudged her son.

the turning of the page was his only movement.

his mother rubbed his head.


his mother patted his head and whispered something in his ear.

he looked up, startled, and breathed, “thank you.” even from my angle, i could see him blinking the wonder of that book out of his eyes as he focused on his manners.

as they walked away and i stepped up, the librarian and i were wearing identical smiles.

librarian: he was so engrossed in that book.

me: i know. i am so charmed right now.

librarian: that’s enough thanks for me, really.

me: exactly. exactly.

she handed me my book, told me its return due date, and now thoroughly warmed by the place and its patrons, i was more than prepared for a return to the winter temperatures outside.

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6 Responses to “conversations with strangers #54”

  1. Adriana (@adicloud) Says:

    Aww. How cute! Little reader!

    • abby mumford Says:

      he was so so so precious. i loved seeing a young reader so clearly delighted by books. that love is definitely going to stay with him as he grows and i love THAT.

  2. Library card holder since I could sign my name Says:

    It’s pretty awesome… in this world of NOW, INSTANT, DIGITIAL, and WOW to get a kid into going to the library and reading rather than electronic devices and is a great triumph. Molly has her own library card and we go every Saturday morning! Now if only she would stop memorizing and actually sounding out the words…

    • abby mumford Says:

      i’m no expert, but i do believe memorizing favorite books is an early way of learning how to read. go molly go! also, i love that you take her every saturday. i support this type of behavior.

  3. lindagrimes Says:

    Aw. I love moments like that. In these days of digital everything, it’s heartening to know a kid can still be entranced by a book.

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