Tuesday, October 11, 2011

31 Days of Library Living {Day 11}: Spend Less, Share More. Library.

Can happiness come in the shape of a square? For my youngest son, yes. Yes it can. For the past week, every day after school he comes home, has a snack and heads out to find his friends. Lugging the CD Player. His mama is proud to watch him skip up and down the street. Why? He is living the value of sharing. I found this squared happiness at the library:

You would have thought it was Christmas when I handed it to him. He knows it is borrowed beauty, but my children have lived and learned that borrowing is often times better than owning. He enjoys sharing this happiness with his friends, and the idea of taking it back to the library so that other children around his age can take pleasure in listening to Squirrels In My Pants (S.I.M.P. if you are down with Phineas and Ferb) is comically appealing to him. 

He feels charitable, and it has become a common, hopefully lifelong, habit. Isn't this a lovely life lesson that the library gifts our children? 

One friend down, four or five more to go. Seriously, I think he will be known as DJ John before long. Do you think he will be upset when he learns that there are less bulky forms of music media available? I'm not gonna tell him.

How do you encourage the principles of sharing?

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stephanie @ Simple Things said...

Love this - both the boom box and the music. Both staples in our house as well. : )

Yvonne@StyleBurb said...

Oh my gosh... that bottom picture is breaking my heart it`s so cute. Borrowing, lending and sharing are wonderful traits. The little girls in our neighborhood get together and swap books and then like to share a big bowl of popcorn while they talk about their favorite characters. It`s their own little book club and they started it all on their own with no advice or organization from their moms!

I am LOVD said...

You wrote, "Do you think he will be upset when he learns that there are less bulky forms of music media available?" - You have me chuckling all the time but that sentence had me busting out in full belly laugh. I must be in some kind of giggly mood or something.

Michele, You are a great example to your children. Your love for the library is insurance that your children will share that love with their own one day. Every time I hear comments like "Libraries won't exist 15 years from now" leaves me scared and urges me to visit my own library more often. It's one of the best inventions around!

Michele said...

Hi Stephanie - isn't it wonderful that they can borrow, take back and then borrow something new? John has been exposed to so many different kinds of music, thanks to the library. And he loves to sing and dance. This is the first cd, however, that compelled him to share with all of his friends in the neighborhood. My little library advocate! ;)

Yvonne, swooning over the little girls book club - how exciting that they thought of it on their own! Brilliant!

LOVD, thank you for the beautiful encouragement. And I agree, a genius invented the first lending library in our country - Ben Franklin. Heart him.

xoxo michele

Amber said...

This is something I am really learning the value of.....borrowing.

I think it teaches our children (and the parent) such valuable lessons in sharing, giving, and waiting. There have been books that I just want to keep checking out for my son, but I realize I need to return them and find something new and if he still likes the book in a few months we can wait and check it out again.

He is only 18 months old, but I feel these lessons will be invaluable to him in the future.

{darlene} said...

spend less. share more. I love it.
YOU inspire me everyday!

Michele said...

Oh, Amber - the waiting! Boy, do I need a lesson in patience...I have used up the holds on my card, and both of my son's cards (you are allowed to hold up to 10 books/media per card)....can you say crazy? I may need some library intervention.


Dar - I adore you. really and truly.

xoxo michele