March 7, 2010

Pole Dancing

A few months ago it was rumored that my school's library would be reduced to 4 hours per day. This would mean a huge cut in hours and benefits for me. I was speaking with a few female co-workers who began asking me what I was going to do. I very casually replied, "I may have to return to pole dancing." They all burst into laughter. As I began to walk away, one of the new teachers said, "Did you say RETURN to pole dancing?" Keeping a very straight face I replied, "Oh.... you have no idea what I did before becoming a librarian. In fact, I could probably work that into an act. Hair pinned up, reading glasses, book in hand. Well.... maybe holding a book AND the pole might be difficult, but you get the picture." I loved the look on her face. I finally said, "You know I'm completely joking, right?" Ah..... what would life be without humor?

As many of you know, I am a daring girl in many regards. I've held spiders, snakes, lizards, mice, etc. Perhaps that comes with being a nature girl. I have also owned my own motorcycle, which I loved riding. Moving on.....I believe the most daring thing I have ever done was to jump from a plane at 13,000 feet. In fact, I would love to jump again.

Some might say that I'm a bit daring, and definitely not your "average" librarian. I agree, I am brave, but I am WAY too shy to attempt pole dancing. If there are any pole dancers reading this, I mean no disrespect to your profession. I'm just saying ~ it's not for me. My bravery obviously has its limits! ;-)


Diane Folks said...

I just finished reading "Candy Girl: A Year in the Life of an Unlikely Stripper" by Diablo Cody (who wrote the screenplay for "Juno". You HAVE to read it! She goes to amateur night on a whim and ends up ... well I won't ruin it for you. It's at the Turner library. It may help you forget the budget cut woes for a little while. BTW, I am sickened to hear of the cuts to librarians. Especially when we waste so much money on ridiculous trainings and meetings. I know you'll be OK because you are a woman of many talents but still...infuriating!

Lynn said...

Well, if there was ever a need for bravery it is when one's job is in jeopardy. I cringe at the idea of libraries, especially SCHOOL library's hours being cut! Shame on them!!!

I hope and pray you have a Plan B that will be both lucrative and full filling dear bear.

In the meantime, I join you in laughter. Where DID you find that photo...and yes, we NEED our senses of humor to get through life!

PS: Your past acts of bravery boggle my mind!

Lynn said...

Terri, Fred brought me home your packet of little fabric squares tonight. That was so sweet of you to think of me. I really find them quite beautiful. I will try to incorporate some of them into a piece I want to make tomorrow.
Thanks so much for your thoughtfulness.