I am generally a fan of libraries, although our local one leaves me decidedly tepid. We have a pretty good roster of English kids’ books–my mom and Taxman’s aunt always shower us with more when we see them–so the library is basically a place where I can get paperbacks for myself and Miss M can chew through second-grade Hebrew novels without bankrupting us. (I, of course, cannot speak to the quality of what she’s reading–because I have NO idea.)
I took out some books for the kids several weeks ago, perhaps before Rosh Hashana or Yom Kippur. And meant to return them. I promise. But things were busy. We were on vacation, the library had weird hours, then I just kept forgetting. The library schedule falls out of my head on a regular basis, so not once but TWICE I tried to return the books on Tuesday afternoon, when it is closed.
(Note: Many, many public service type institutions are not open Tuesday afternoons, not just in our city but as a country-wide phenomenon. Many post office branches. Etc. I can’t seem to get this straight. Maybe that should be my goal for my 3rd year here: get a clue as to the Israeli schedule.)
Anyway, Wednesday afternoon I was determined to clear my conscience. But hopefully not have to pay a fine because I was super-low on cash.
So I asked the kids to do it, in the guise of their having better Hebrew, but they totally saw through my bullshit. This led to a discussion between them about, I kid you not, WHO IS THE CUTEST.
(Miss M’s argument: because she’s cute. AM’s argument: because he’s smaller.)
The librarian was totally charmed by Miss M’s sorrowful regret due to the tardiness of the books. And complimented her responsibility. (NB: This is the child who, when quizzed on the whereabouts of her book that she took out of her English class library, said, “I don’t know? At home somewhere?”)
AM stood there beaming angelically. AS IF one could get angry with him. Pshhh.
So we exchanged books and went home. And the battle rages on: Who. Is. The. Cutest?
Hmm. Can we change it to who is the most exasperating? Because I am pretty sure that one is a tie.