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A Conversation That Happened

Two nights ago, a man came into the library to see the 36 year old me at the reference desk. After helping him with something, he looked around and said, “You know, you must be kind of embarrassed. I mean, a man your age, working in here, doing…this?” He waved his arms at all of the “this” around us.

He smirked. He was short. I’m not sure who he thought should be at the desk. Either a kid, or maybe a baby.

Sometimes the magic happens and you just know what to say.

“You’ll never be tall,” I said.

He turned and walked away, staggering back to the wreck of his dreams, and his only lullaby that night was hopefully the echo of my voice.

Also: I was prepared to be nice. It’s not hard.


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  • Rob Russell August 1, 2014, 4:42 am

    Brilliant, I have just laughed so hard at that Josh, the best ever retort!!
    Thanks for making my day

  • Ara August 1, 2014, 8:18 am

    Some people have trouble filtering thoughts, and others have a skewed world view. And some are both!

  • Marjorie August 1, 2014, 8:48 am

    I worked for a time at a chiropractor’s office, and one day a rather earnest patient came in, announced that now that she’d been adjusted, she was ‘all set” She then proceeded to pontificate on how people simply don’t take care of themselves, and if only everyone did things in a healthy manner they too would be ‘all set.” I live with an inoperable brain tumor from which I occasionally experience seizures, and because of it have various other unalterable health issues. You know, she hit a nerve. I too was prepared to be nice. But I looked at her calmly and pointed out, “Everyone is going to die some day…” It was a bit of a conversation stopper, which was fine by me 🙂

    • spencer August 4, 2014, 12:32 pm

      Truth! Nice comeback, Marjorie. Many people don’t think before they speak.

  • Debra August 4, 2014, 6:03 am

    oh my gosh, working at a library is a DREAM job – who could think otherwise?

  • Jack M August 4, 2014, 7:35 am

    Perhaps the guy thought that being a librarian was a woman’s job? I’m sure there are still people like that running around. Good comeback, Josh.

  • Lee August 23, 2014, 5:11 am

    Good comeback — Maybe you should have asked him to arm wrestle and then asked him to repeat his statement. Some people just have no class.