A Librarian's Perspective

librarian shelving booksOccasionally I flash my nerd badge. One of my first action items after I found out I was expecting was to research everything I could about pregnancy and childbirth.

To the library stacks!

After grabbing books with such titles as Pea in the Pod: Your Complete Guide to PregnancyWhat To Expect When You’re Expecting, and In The Womb I made my way to the counter, dodging anyone who could potentially recognize me in our small town library.

“We like to update our patron’s information from time to time, do you mind?” inquired the sweet librarian.

Fire away, keeper of the books. 

“And you’re Victoria Easter?”

Uh no, my last name recently changed. I got married this past January.

“Are you still a student at Berea College?”

No, that changed. I graduated a year and a half ago.

“Is the Rockcastle Street address still valid?”

Nope. I moved, too.

In addition to my changed contact info, the librarian was soon alerted to the next major change in my life. I plopped the not-so-inconspicuously titled books in front of her bar scanner.

“I see something else has changed.” she quipped.

Yep, you could say that.

How could my local librarian have more of a bird’s eye perspective on the massive changes in my life than I? Who are the people in your life that have surprising perspective? What can we learn from their point of view?


  1. Heather Dent on May 23, 2013 at 3:45 pm

    Congratulations on your good news! Did you go to the public library here in Berea? They are great people. I used to go there all the time until my late fees got too extensive. Now I’m trying my best to stay away in order to avoid paying them. Sigh. I still go in the children’s book section with my son and read their books anyway, I just don’t check any out.

    • Victoria Wilson on May 23, 2013 at 8:15 pm

      Confession: I slipped the books I mentioned in the drop box after library hours because I, too, owe a fine and couldn’t bear the walk of shame! Totally hear you loud and clear on that one, Heather! Thanks for reading!

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