A Day of Ordinary (Library) Miracles
Tuesday, June 12, 2007 at 02:21PM
Doug Johnson in Teacher-Librarian

A Day of Ordinary (Library) Miracles

Teacher-Librarian,  May 2005.

"I wish you a day of ordinary miracles.
 A fresh pot of coffee you didn't make yourself.
An unexpected phone call from an old friend.
Green stoplights on your way to work or shop.
I wish you a day of little things to rejoice in.
    The fastest line at the grocery store.
    A good sing along song on the radio.
    Your keys right where you look.
    I wish you a day of happiness and perfection.
I wish you little bite-size pieces of perfection that give you the funny feeling that God is smiling on you."     - Anonymous

Yes, that crash you heard was your coffee cup hitting the floor. It's not often this old cynic admits to reading such saccharine stuff as the small blessing above, let alone spreads it around. But yes, it is still me.

The sentiment above arrived in an e-mail last Monday morning and it struck a chord. May I add my own set of wishes for those of you reading this website?

I wish you a day of ordinary (library) miracles and little things to rejoice in.

    Eight hands that go up to request the title you've just book talked.
    A computer that goes for an entire day without crashing.
    A less-than-successful baking experiment taken to the teachers lounge, gratefully eaten before 10 am.
    A child asking for another book "just like this one."
    A software installation that does not cause another program to crash.
    A parking spot close to the school door.
    The principal saying a sincere thank-you.
    An unexpected larger amount on your paycheck or a smaller amount on your mortgage payment.
    A new book just published by your favorite author.
    A student who is actually concerned about the quality of his work.
    A dozen doughnuts as "thanks" for service above and beyond the call.
    A quick and pleasant response from a technician.
    A kid who wants to help you.
    A human voice on the phone when you expected a recording.
    A student who wants to become a librarian when she grows up.
    A chance to show a tech-tip to a teacher who thinks you are a "guru."
    A library with windows and sunbeams in the winter.
    A request to use the library for a meeting because " it is the nicest room in the school."
    A smile of accomplishment from a student who shows you how to do something on the computer.
    A quickly-answered reference question asked by a teacher.
    A library aid you like and who likes you.
    A student so absorbed in a book, he doesn't hear the bell ring.
    A call from a parent about a lost book found while cleaning.
    A student who wants to hold your hand.
    Students who give genuine praise to each other.
    A small space of time to read for pleasure!

What strikes me as I read this list of "ordinary" miracles, is how we, ourselves, often make them happen. It is by treating others well that good is returned to us.

It's my sincere 2004 New Year's wish for all of us in these challenging times for education, libraries and technology that we do remember to see (and create) daily miracles for our students, our staff and ourselves.

Ordinary miracles observed by LM_Net readers and visitors to this page.

Add YOUR ordinary library miracle today!

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