by Stacey Embry,
Director,
Morgan County Library
It is all a gift
As I am writing this Bookworm, we are finishing up our summer reading program and, as much as I hate to say it, summer is coming to a close. I am a former teacher; I know this feeling well. I loved summers when I taught, and I remember that last week of July. Summers were filled with fun, the pool, trips, late summer nights, enjoying the long days.
I noticed this week someone shared about their full summer day on Facebook and SRP was listed as part of the day. That made my heart happy. The last couple of years, we have expanded SRP to last June through July and have included all ages. I like to think this is helping us become part of future childhood memories for our kiddos. We might join the ranks of fun at the pool or creek and that is pretty cool.
I have shared this story before, but it bears repeating. My oldest daughter did not have an easy transition into college, she missed her momma, poppa, sister and her home. This was a tough time for us all. I would go to Walmart and see a parent being short with their child and I wanted to scream at them, “Someday they will be sad and you will be heartbroken.” Being a parent is hard. It is so easy for me to say what to do, now that I am not the one in Walmart with a kid who needs a nap and really wants that bucket of cheeseballs. But mommas and daddies, take it easy; remember it is all a gift. Choose your battles wisely and just love the crud out of your kiddos.
Every day is a gift, that goes for us all, not just the lady writing this who has cancer. We can all see things so clearly at different times in our lives, sadly it might be in a Walmart parking lot when your kid is 19, a little late. Live each day fully with the ones you love. You teachers enjoy your summers with your kiddos. I will tell you a little secret, I don’t know very many teachers’ kids who want to go back to school. They love their summers. If you don’t have the luxury of having the summers off with your kids, enjoy the late summer nights and fun trips. Just slow down and enjoy the day.
This summer has been an exceptional one at the library. I just love seeing people spending time hanging out with us, taking it easy enjoying the day they were given. Thank you for making us part of your summer adventures.
A short one for you, Mom.
For more information, visit the Morgan County Library, 600 N. Hunter, in Versailles; call 573-378-5319; or see the library’s website at morgancountylibrary.org. Library hours are 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday.

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