Thursday, October 8, 2009

I've Arrived

Today I went to Walmart to pick up Jacob's new glasses.  (He hasn't worn glasses in three years, but apparently they do science experiments in the schools here that will blind you if you are wearing contacts.  So he HAD to have glasses.  I didn't want to invest a lot of money in something he would only wear for three hours a week so I got them at Walmart for $47.  That's right people, $47 for a complete pair.)  ANYWAY...... I was at Walmart and someone called me by name!!!!!!  I ran into someone I knew at Walmart!!!!!
It felt good :-)

Jacob's new glasses!  (I guess it's "hip to be square".)

Back to School

A couple of weeks ago I had lunch with a lady and told her about my interests and we discussed what I might like to be when I grew up.  She suggested that I take a class in Pastoral Care to see if I might want to be a counselor.  I called the school she recommended and they invited me to visit the first class so that I could see if it was something I would be interested in.  So, I went last Thursday and enjoyed the class, but told them that I wouldn't be able to afford the tuition this year.  The director called the next day and offered me a scholarship and a grant from an anonymous benefactor that would cover two-thirds of the cost.
So today I went back to school.

Lovely Libraries

I love the libraries here.  Besides being modern and having a cool way to return and check out books and besides having a huge selection of biographies and besides having helpful librarians who actually come up to you and ask if they can help you find something--they are full of grace.  At our old library we would get a letter saying that our books were overdue and that we owed a fine.  By the time we got the letter it was too late.  We had to pay.  At our new library they send a "friendly reminder" email telling you that your books are due in a few days AND they have a "grace day".  If you are only one day late, they don't charge a fine.  WOW!  I want to be more like the Virginia library with "friendly reminders" and "grace days", and less like the library that waits for you to mess up and then punishes you.


Darla said...

Almost cried at the school class! That is so exciting and sounds right up your alley.

Good for you!

Lauren said...

Love it, Marlo! That is great about class!
We have a library like the one you have now. It is so wonderful... even has a drive thru where you can pick up the books you reserved online. :)

Reba said...

That is wonderful about school! I got teary eyed too. And I love your analogy (I always do) about the library. God gives you such wisdom to share with us!

polly's path said...

How awesome-the class!
And, if you ever need glasses again-cheap and fast-go to
All you need is your prescription, you order online, and the glasses arrive within 3 days. Last time my child broke her $400 glasses, I ordered a pair of the 39-dollar glasses-they were great. Had our eye doc check them-accurate as ever.

polly's path said...

I can't spell this morning. the website is

John said...

Absollutely thrilled you are settling in, even being recognized at Walmart!

Anonymous said...

The library sounds a lot like how God wants us to give "grace" to others...we ALL mess up don't we? It nice to have a friendly reminder before you are punished and then it gives you the time to make the choice...are you going to do the right thing or the wrong thing?

from JA in Shelby,nc