We’re lucky that our town has an excellent public library. Well, I’m told it’s excellent. The truth is that until recently, I had scarcely ventured beyond the mystery section. Between my job and Charlie, I have little time for reading. If by the time I get Charlie to bed I’m awake enough to read, then I almost invariably opt for a very light mystery–something that requires little attention beyond plot. Just the other day I finished the last book I had checked out of the library and knew that, with Charlie being sick, I wouldn’t get to the library to check out anything new. So, I begged Mark to let me borrow one of his TWO copies of the murder mystery The Yiddish Policeman’s Union by his favorite author, Michael Chabon. Uh, that’s the PULITZER PRIZE WINNING Michael Chabon. Mark was reluctant to let me borrow it because he knows all too well that I usually end up falling asleep on top of whatever book I’ve brought to bed with me and he feared that I might end up ruining the book, but he nevertheless eventually gave in. And, he deserves some major kudos because a couple of days later he asked me how I was enjoying the book and when I said, “I could do with a little more mystery and a little less literature,” he didn’t utter one disparaging remark about me.
Anyhow, recently I’ve started exploring the children’s section of our great library because Charlie has finally decided that occasionally a book is good enough to sit still for. Have I mentioned that his energy level is off the charts? The other thing that Charlie has recently discovered is cartoons, and not a moment too soon is all I can say. Mark and I have been chasing this kid around for 3 years and the least he can do for us is watch a little TV once in awhile. And, finally, now he does. He usually stands about 4 feet in front of the TV jumping up and down, dancing, and giggling which is pretty cool for us because it means he’s occupied AND he’s expending energy.
So, in our expeditions to the library we discovered that our library rents DVDs, including children’s cartoons, for FREE! Isn’t that great? DVDs of some of Charlie’s favorite cartoons can run about $15-$20 each and there’s no telling how long his interest in any DVD will last. Consequently, renting them from the library is perfect. Now, if only they had a DVD of The Yiddish Policeman’s Union.