No Library

I sometimes forget that taking young children to the library is something that I ban from time to time like markers or glitter.

Today Larkspur asked if I could take her and Beatrix to the library at 3 o’clock to meet friends.  I needed to go to the nearby post office anyway, and Gabe wanted a haircut at the barber shop round the corner, so I said sure.  In a moment of fuzzy-headed-ness, I thought that this would be great.  The little boys could look at books, the girls could see their friends, and I would have Mabel in the sling.  No problem.

As we pulled into the parking lot, I went over the rules with Silas and Job in my best gentle, yet VERY serious, mom voice.

“Remember we don’t shout in the library.  You stay with me, and NO RUNNING.”

Job piped up, “No running?  …Walking?”

“That’s right Job, no running, only walking.”


I believed him.  (I never learn.)

We entered the library, smiling and excited.  All the books.  All the possibility!  We marched upstairs and onto the children’s floor.  It was a busy day at the library.  Lots of people.  Lots of children behaving well.  My kids too.  The girls found their friends and Silas, Job, and I (Mabel in the sling) started looking at books.  It didn’t take Silas long to declare that there weren’t any good books.  You know, in the whole children’s section.  None.  I started pulling books from the shelves and suggesting them to him, but they all “looked boring.”

I noticed Job was missing and started walking around looking for him.  He was of course at the water fountain.  I have a bit of a water fountain phobia.  I used my sing song voice, “No, no Job! There are bad germs on that!”  I am trying to train him early to avoid water fountains, though I’m pretty sure he doesn’t know what germs are yet.  He gave me a grin and took a big drink before following me back to the books.

All seemed well again, though I noticed a familiar glint in Job’s eyes.  Sure enough, a few minutes later he giggled and started running.  I called him back, “No running, Job!”  But he kept running.  What a fun game!  I didn’t chase him though for two reasons:  I find it very difficult to run with a newborn in a sling, and I also tend to cling to my pride in public situations.  I stayed calm and eventually convinced him to return to choosing books, though at this point I noticed that we had three canvas bags full.  It was really time to go.  But Larkspur and Beatrix wanted more time with their friends.  And Gabe wasn’t back from the barber shop yet.  I squatted down to dig through the bags and see what the kids had chosen to check-out while Job and Silas sat near me, looking at books.  I failed to notice when Job started emptying shelves, despite the fact that I was about three feet away.  I stood up and walked around a large footstool that was situated between me and the boys, and it was only then that I saw Job grabbing another book to add to one of several very large, messy stacks of books spilling all over the floor.

At this point I realized I had a small audience, which was slightly mortifying.  I was a little unsure of how to proceed.  I just wanted so badly to leave, but I was trapped!  Naughty child, mess of books on the floor, bags of books to check out.  Holding Mabel (who is beginning to fuss in the sling) with one arm while bending over, I started neatening Job’s stacks, because surely making them neater would improve things.  I used my vocal power to stop Job from “choosing” anymore.  Eventually I had to stop my useless stacking to grab his arm as my power was failing.  A librarian who must have been alerted to the situation (mom who can’t control her children) arrived on the scene.  Gesturing toward my stacks on the floor she asked, “Are these the ones you don’t want?”  I apologized and she started loading them all onto a shelving cart.  “I thought I could handle taking the new baby and the two year old to the library.  I was wrong.”  I explained.  She smiled sympathetically.  Thank goodness.  (love her!)

I gathered up the other children and the bags of books and we headed downstairs after one last fun game of “Where’s Jobie?!”

But of course then I had to check out all those books.  I won’t give you a play by play of how the little boys behaved for that.   When a friend walked up and asked, “Need a hand?”  I didn’t hesitate to hand her Mabel.

As the librarian checked out our books Larkspur exclaimed, “Quite a few of these won’t make it back in one piece!”  Beatrix quickly chimed in with a, “Yeah!”  I chose to remain silent and avoid eye contact with the librarian at that moment, though I died a little on the inside.

No markers, no glitter, no library.  And I promise to pay for any damaged books.

Drawstrings {giveaway}

Today’s giveaway is from Wanda, the seamstress behind Drawstrings!  You may also know Wanda from her blog, Re-inventing Mother.  She’s a regular on the Yarn Along as well!  Wanda created one of her drawstring bags for me a few weeks ago, and I must say it is the nicest knitting project bag that I own.  I reserve it for my most special projects.  While I love using mine to hold knitting projects, Drawstrings come in many sizes and have many different uses.  I’ll let Wanda introduce herself and tell you all about them!

My name is Wanda Styrsky.  I am the mother of four grown daughters and five beautiful grandchildren. Shortly after I married 35 years ago, my husband brought me “home” to Fort Worth, Texas and we have raised our family here .  I am a Registered Nurse and Certified Teacher.  Two years ago I was “involuntarily” retired.  Looking for a way to supplement the household account I turned to what I do best….create!

My oldest daughter and I constructed these drawstring bags years ago for our sock knitting.  They are very portable and it is fun to pick out the different fabrics.

Recently I was introduced through  the internet to a blogger, Elizabeth DeHority, who is seriously ill.  Even in her worst times she continues to serve others.  While she cares for her family and suffers through chemo, she knits socks for others and prays with each stitch she makes.  I decided I wanted to send her a bag.  When it arrived at her house, she was at that moment getting bad news from the Dr.  She messaged me that the bag had made a huge difference in how she had accepted the news and she was grateful.  Not to mention that for the first time, her knitting was not getting tangled in her purse zipper! She shared the bag on her blog and her Facebook page,  and people began asking me for bags!

Out of that gift, I received a gift.  Drawstrings was born!

Each bag is a custom order.  No two bags are alike.  I use the highest quality cotton for the bags and grosgrain ribbon for the ties.  If you do not see a bag on the Etsy site that suits you , contact me for a custom design.  I will work within your color palette and design to create a bag for you. I have begun posting just fabric combinations in addition to completed bags on the site. In order to keep your bag a truly custom design, I do not purchase large quantities of fabric.  Monogramming is also available at an additional charge.

1-IMG_40045-drawstrings1We find different uses for our drawstring bags daily.  Of course knitting or any needlework fits in all sizes.  The large size has been used for ballet shoes and items for class.  One of my daughters uses the large size for shoes in suitcases when traveling.  I made medium size bags for two of my grandchildren that go to Bible Study  with me.  Carrying those large diaper bags was hard for this grandmother!  They loved having their names on each one. The laundry size is perfect for camp, toys in the car, quilts to store in the house or car.  The jewelry size is perfect for brides and attendants when created in wedding colors.   So as you see, the possibilities are endless.

Wanda is offering one winner a small Drawstrings bag.  The winner may discuss fabric preferences with Wanda in order to get the perfect custom bag.

For your chance to win, leave a comment on this post.  For an additional chance to win, “Like” Drawstrings on Facebook and leave a second comment letting me know you have done so.

In addition Wanda is offering  %15 off all orders through May 31st.  The coupon code is SMALLTHINGS24.

Comments are closed and the winner is Danna, who commented, “Those are the most BEAUTIFUL bags I’ve ever seen!!”
Thanks, Wanda!

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