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My Library Fantasy

June 20, 2012



Written by Marykate OMalley, mom of 3, from Connecticut


I love my local library. I am there frequently dashing in and out to return a book, stopping by to pay a fine for a late movie (again) or to pick up tickets to a magic show. But someday, someday, I am going to stay and sink into the large worn leather chairs that always beckon to me from the reading room, reserved for people unlike me.
I will sit myself next to a well-dressed man, retired perhaps, for hours and peruse book after book until I tire of it. All the people who work there will be talking about, they will be confused, alarmed. They will ask “isn’t that the woman with the three children, the woman who always looks like she is running late for an appointment, who has a child making an emergency sprint to the bathroom, one lost and another riding the chair ladder like she is canoeing up a river?” The scandal, the shock of it delights me.
And when I am done and had my fill, I won’t check anything out at all. I will simply stand with a satisfied and smug smile on my face, and leave.
Someday ladies, I will do this. Okay, time to share, what is your mom fantasy?

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  1. Marta Kyle

      on June 20, 2012 5:28 pm

    Wow! I too long for the day I can sit and read a book for a few hours, without interruption. Bitter sweet really cause that means my five beautiful will be grown and perhaps parents themselves.


  2. Marykate Wurster

      on June 20, 2012 6:47 pm

    And then you will be reading to your grandbabies – with interuption – but the best kind! The folks I see in my reading room all look retired so I think that is a prerequisite, but I dont think you get to retire from being a mom :) Thank goodness.


  3. Anne Schenendorf

      on June 21, 2012 1:25 pm

    In my mommy fantasy I would wake up late, never looking at the clock. I would go running as far as I wanted. I would liesurely watch the entire Today show- the parts I lilr of course. I have thought this but I agree with you both- the fantasy is far better than the reality because if this were true my babies would be grown and like thingsbetter like. I like chasing them around the tall bookcases in library- well okay, maybe not in the moment because it gives me a heart attack but I do like them snuggled close to me reading a book. I will take an afternoon off and am beyond gtateful that at this moment out beloved Grandma sits snuggling my babies at home while I sit relaxed in a pedicure chair. Aaaah, this is nice…


  4. Anne Violette

      on June 24, 2012 11:19 pm

    Well… the thought of even getting an hour or two to READ a book is a wonderful fantasy! Because I spend most of my days WRITING books, I barely have time to read them anymore, and when I’m not busy doing that I have a toddler and twins 7-mo. olds who all cry “MAMA” every time I so much as walk into the room. In fact, sometimes I have to be very stealthy just to get from one end of the house to the other. It is chaos! Seriously though… I have always wanted to make a library in my house that looks exactly (or close to) the library photo you have posted above, so when I read your caption about the library fantasy I had to agree… and your post is very funny. Thanks for sharing!


  5. Marykate Wurster

      on June 25, 2012 8:02 am

    I have always wanted to do that too, have a library in my house – another fantasy and pure luxury. I have the entire room in my head, color schemes, seating, everything! Thanks for your comments!!


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