Someone somewhere on the Internet (Twitter, I think) mentioned a new to me author the other day. I started looking around and before I knew it, my online shopping cart was full of her books. Having just unpacked all of my read aloud books at school, reason took over. “You don’t even know if you really will use all of these! Want versus Need! WANT VERSUS NEED!”
I packed up my children and we headed to the library. We were going regularly at the beginning of the summer, but have been rather busy lately. And I had an over-due book. For some reason, the shame of this keeps me from going and it just gets more and more over due. I know. It’s weird. Before I had even arrived I knew this trip was going to cost me. I was in possession of some actual cash, and I now had some research to do so I went anyway.
First expense: My children each put a quarter in the parking meter. That bought us half an hour of parking time.
Second expense: It cost me $1.60 for the over due book. At 10 cents a day, this is a pretty reasonable fee.
We gathered more books than I could carry, including 6 of the books I was most interested in getting, 3 Mo Willems “pigeon” books which my children are currently hooked on, and 2 books about returning to school and loving it despite some initial trepidation (because it’s that time of year!) Eventually we were ready to lug our treasures home.
We hopped in the van and were driving toward the smoothie store when I noticed my third expense. Apparently we had overstayed our welcome in “our” parking spot. Total cost for the day (not counting smoothies): $22.10.
I could have bought a few books for that!