Yeah, so that happened.
Look, I know how we're supposed to do it. Put the list of books on the fridge! Or the bulletin board! Or maybe the ever-helpful, "Next time you go to the library, don't forget to bring the books back!" How about an iPhone reminder?
I swear, we know all the strategies. It's just…things happen, you know? You have all the books right by the door, and then SOMEONE notices one, and picks it up, and wanders off somewhere, and the next thing you know it's two weeks later and nothing's been returned, and you don't know where you put anything, and you're trying to take something out and your card has gotten onto the bad list.
And while I'm making lame excuses for myself/ourselves, our local library has been closed for renovations FOR MORE THAN TWO YEARS. To put in a handicapped accessible bathroom. And the next closest one is a 45-minute walk in the direction of exactly nothing else we do (almost). We've been getting by with an intermittent bookmobile and a prayer. And truly, two years? It's a bathroom.
However, I do have an idea. This idea will never win any admirers other than me (and maybe Diana and Chestnut). But still…. You know how they have the high rollers in Vegas? The big spenders who lose millions at the casinos, and the casinos LOVE them, and give them free suites and room-service caviar? I'm thinking that there just needs to be some kind of high-flying borrower's card. Perks would be that you wouldn't get in trouble at the library anymore. Plus extra special lines to wait in or something.
What's in it for them? Oh yeah, right. Gee, not so much I guess.
And yes, in case you're wondering: I do feel guilty. Don't think I don't. I know people are waiting for some of these books. Plus, no doubt it's a pain for librarians, which makes me feel even worse.
Truly, the only thing that makes me feel better is that at least all the fines go to help support the library.
And don't worry: we returned them, OK?
Meanwhile, let's see what we can do about that high-flying borrower's card….