My niece and nephew are over for the day and the second they entered the house all creativity ran away to hide. I decided to flee to the library. It's the same library I used in high school. I come here maybe once a year but not much more than that. I don't think I've been her during a week day since high school. It's usually teeming with students and loud parents when I come here. Today though the parking lot was fairly empty.
I went straight to the computer to look up a few things I wanted for research. I gathered my book then sat down at a small cubbyhole in a corner. If I look up I see cubby after cubby filled with students pretending to work. I know kids pretending to do homework a the library is nothing new but it's a whole new ball game now. I get the feeling kids are dropped off here for the day and expected to do summer reading and AP class prep. Trouble is, with all of the new technology these parents load their kids up with, the library is no place to study anymore. It's silent all right, but everywhere I look there are kids lazily texting each other. The girl in front of me has her spendy looking laptop up on the cubby shelf with nothing open on her desktop but her music program which is playing into her earbuds. She has been leaning, laying really, all the way over on her left arm while texting with her right the whole time I've been here. Man! A kid could stay here all day and never get a lick of work done. A kid could set and entire social life up and never leave her cubby.
Look at me! I came here to write, and I have, but because of wireless Internet access I can write a quick blog entry too. Shandon, KB and Troop... thank God we didn't have this technology in high school. I don't see how we would have learned a thing much less ever graduated. I know KB and I would have been the worst with that texting. We were bad enough with plain old notebook paper and pencils. Ah, the good old days of passing notes. I guess nobody does that anymore. *sigh* It's a shame too. KB and I used to illustrate our notes to each other. the thoguht of those pictures still crakcs me up. So inappropriate!
Ok, back to more writing...