Librarians are constant victims of underappreciation. Sure the history teacher, the principal, even the school nurse are applauded for their contribution to impacting the growth of the student body. Few remember the little lessons and gems of wisdom, that the lady overseeing the rows of books was trying to teach you numb skulls.
Rychie Nelson was my high school librarian. Without the elephant like memory of my brother, I would have forgotten this dear woman. Her quote in the yearbook would have been “Four on the Floor Governor!” This command was to remind students of the peril of leaning back in their chairs. In order to use a chair as it is meant to be used, it is imperative to have all four legs of the chair firmly planted on the ground. Dangerous consequences include : embarassment of a tumble, and the unlikely event of actually hurting yourself. A quick aside, “Governor” is Nelson’s way of addressing students with respect. The respect that no teenager deserves.
“Four on the floor, governor” is also a metaphor for life. Stay grounded.
A past librarian that I had even lest respect for worked at my junior high. That lady weant by the monicker “Bitch Reese” At the tender age of 13 or 14, I did not understand her requests for whispers. Now I realize, she was just trying to provide prepubescents a conducive environment for studying and reading.
All I’m saying, keeping books organized and children quiet are difficult undertakings. Can we get some love for the ladies and probably couple of guys out there that are Dewey Decimiling and finding us some sources to list on our bibliographies? Today, remember your librarian. Good day governor.