Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Considering we're all supposed to restrict contact with each other, it's ironic that yesterday seemed like one of my busiest days ever in the library. The school is having families come to collect belongings and laptops through Wednesday, and though they're scheduled in shifts to avoid having the entire population of the school show up at once, it seems that EVERY SINGLE PERSON visits the library. And I wind up face-to-face with them (albeit across my desk) and passing hundreds of objects back and forth. I'm not complaining, and I still think my chances of infection are slim -- I wash my hands like crazy -- but it IS funny. (Not funny ha-ha. Funny strange.)
I think there's a fear that we may be closed not just for the next few weeks but possibly far longer -- maybe even through the summer. Or that the UK will go into lockdown, in which movement is restricted and people are essentially required to stay home. Parents are checking out STACKS of books. (We removed restrictions on the number of books people can have, like we do for longer break periods.)
One parent asked me via e-mail to reserve 25 books in the Warrior Cats series for her son. This is a massive (and massively popular) series by multiple authors writing under a pseudonym, about tribes of feral cats. But Mom didn't tell me which ones her son had already read. I went back into his checkout history and did my best to figure it out. She later clarified and we set aside a pile, but the whole exercise took me a good half-hour at least.
This is all SO weird. When I go outside I half-expect to see zombies walking around.
Oh, and remember all the books we painstakingly wrapped for the 8th Graders? Well, that event got canceled. So my co-workers unwrapped them all again yesterday morning. I'm glad they did it before I got there because I would have wept.
This is my new t-shirt! It says "ERA YES" bracketed by the words "A man of quality is not threatened by a woman of equality." I ordered it from here, when I saw the most recent cover of Ms. magazine, which touts the continuing progress of the Equal Rights Amendment. It's always been a complete mystery to me why the ERA hasn't been fully ratified and incorporated into the Constitution -- well, I mean, I understand there's conservative, misogynist opposition, but the amendment itself seems so common-sense.
Anyway, this turned out to be the most expensive t-shirt I've ever bought. The shirt itself was $22.50, which is already a bit on the high side. But then the shipping to the UK was $41.70! And then I had to pay a customs duty when it arrived here -- about £21 (or $26). Altogether that comes to NINETY DOLLARS.
Seriously, I need my head examined. I should have just donated a hundred bucks to the Feminist Majority and left it at that.
(Top photo: Graceful shadows on my walk to work yesterday morning.)