National Friends of the Library Week is October 17-October 23.
That gets me to thinking about the nature of friendship.
What are the acts of friendship that define a real friend?
Here is what I think.
- When you ask if you look fat in your tie-dyed leggings with the midriff top, she tells you ("Yes."), unlike your husband who has been lying to you for years, and now it's his fault you gained 50 pounds (because you believed him when he said no).
- When you have spinach on your front tooth while telling a particularly funny story at a cocktail party, she pantomimes to you in such a tactful way, that you are able to rid yourself of the annoyance unnoticed, deliver the punchline and still be the life of the party. Likewise, when you walk out of the ladies room with toilet paper stuck to your shoe.
- She doesn't say a word when you tell her you have been a fan of Geraldo Rivera for years.
- When you are sick, she brings you Baked Chicken with Fennel and Quince and Crispy Aged Goat Cheese with a Strawberry-Rhubarb Relish (you thought I was going to say chicken soup, didn't you? But we foodies have standards, even when sick).
- She is just as excited about the start of the "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" as you are.
- She always answers your emails and picks up the phone when she knows it's you (unlike some people who will remain anonymous, but their names begin with "son" and "daughter.")
- She doesn't begrudge you your successes or your closet full of designer shoes.
- She would drive 20 miles to unzip you when you are stuck in your Victoria Beckham knockoff (with the trademark zipper all the way down the back that you can't get out of on your own).
- She knows everything about you, but loves you anyway.
These are all acts of friendship, and the greatest act of friendship is giving one's time to help others.
And that is what our Friends of the Library do.
Their tireless work is not only an act of friendship to the library, but an act of friendship to the entire community. Their efforts raise money for their community libraries, and that money generously supports free library programs for children and families: special events such as musical programs, educational classes, puppet shows, science presentations and other programs and classes that would otherwise not be available to many members of the community. They also support their library's special needs with furniture, children's educational toys, carpeting, etc.
Why do they do this?
Because just as your friends would go out of their way to help you because you matter to them, the Friends of the Library know what a valuable asset the library is to the community and that the library matters.
Next week, thank your friends for their friendship and thank a Friend of the Library too!
If you want to help, on November 6, please stop by the Mountlake Terrace Library to donate your gently used, but no longer needed, books to benefit the Mountlake Terrace Friends of the Library's One Day Book Drive. In partnership with Once Sold Tales, all proceeds will be used to fund quality programming at the Mountlake Terrace Library. When you stop by, take a minute to thank them for their efforts and why not find out how good it feels to be a Friend of the Library? Membership materials will also be available.
Thank you, Friends!
How do YOU define friendship?