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It always happens, doesn’t it? We move through life, and when we live in the moment we know we cannot see what is in store for us in the future- like relationships and experiences and changes.

I have been at my job for 3 years now. June 1 was my three year anniversary, and I have had lots of ups and downs. I love my job. I love being a librarian at a public library- I love being a public service librarian at a public library! I meet new people every day, and face new dilemmas with each encounter. Today, I helped a girl who was writing a research paper on “ancient education.” I was pleased to teach her how to find the western civilization books and how to use an index, and I’m pretty sure I opened up a whole new world to her.

But I digress. There are people that I have worked with for 3 years. Some I have easy, light friendships with. Some of them I have developed strong, deep relationships with. And some of them I know nothing about beyond their title and their job description. There aren’t many in this last group, but surprisingly they seem to be the ones that have been at the library the longest.

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Today, I am starting a present for one of them. She is due to give birth to her first baby next month, and I’ve been getting to know her as a person and not as a job title recently. We have some things in common. We both love being librarians and we are both dedicated to our library. And we are both starting families in our 30s. There is a certain kind of solidarity in commonality.

And no, I’m not pregnant. Yet. But I’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, I’ll post about my little tomten jacket!

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