But a few weeks ago, because Josh's anxiety level about my driving around with a license with an address of a house that we do not own anymore was through the roof, I went to the DMV. And the next morning, with my shiny new NJ license, I went and got myself a library card. Except, haha on me! I did not need any forms of ID at all to get my library card because I was already in the system from the last time we lived in NJ. All I had to do was pay a dollar for my "lost" card and I was on my way.
Anywho, today I took the children for library cards.
It took way longer to get them cards than it took for me to get a card.
For starters, they each had to fill out the whole application, and boy, was it enlightening.
I now know that my 9 year old has no idea what street we live on. And that the little one was not aware of what state we live in.
The 7 year old did know my cell phone number, which was impressive and the oldest was over-the-moon happy that someone (anyone!) had finally asked him for his email address.
While we waited for the cards to be ready, we did what people do in the library - we read books. Or some of us did. Three kids found books to read, two of them making themselves comfortable on the gross play-mat in the children's section while I fought the urge to run to the car, grab the Purel and dump it on their heads.
From the library, we headed to Shoprite, where we cooled down under the lettuce water misters. A few of us may have done a rain dance too. One lady commented, "this is their entertainment for the day, and so much cheaper than going to any @*#! New Jersey beach, that's for sure!" And you know what? She's not wrong. And we learned a new word. So a win for everyone.
In the supermarket, we also learned that if you throw apples into a bag, instead of placing them inside the bag gently, you will have apples with boo-boos and you will not want to eat them. And then you'll have to carefully put those back on the shelf, look around apologetically, and start the picking-of-the-apples all over again.
According to the calendar, today is the first day of summer.
I hope it's going to be a good one.