The Screaming of the Lambs
Most days at the library are normal - quiet times, busier times, children in and out of the department over the course of the day in varying numbers. Normal days. We may have a programme or a class visit with a corresponding rush of people, and then the crowds dissipate and we have a small handful. Normal.
Some days are oddly quiet, with few children visiting. These days seem lnoger in some ways, but do allow for getting some other work done that slides at busier times.
And some days... Well, today, for example. Today is the Day of the Screams. We have had young children and babies screaming the most ear-splitting screams out of the blue. Screams that rattle your nerves, make your muscles all clench tight, and turn your brain to jelly. By the time one family departed, I was a wreck. They weren't the only ones, though. We've had screaming and crying and loud voices and running around and butting in virtually all day, or at least since about 10 a.m. I hate to appear annoyed, because in most cases, the caregivers are trying. Some kids are just screamers. Some others are not attempting to contain behaviours, true, but the ear-shattered screeches came from a toddler whose mother was on him, stopping him right away, until the next unpredictable outburst. So I'm not saying that the caregivers are always at fault here.
No, I'm saying I'm tired and strung out and clearly not cut out to handle this today. That it is an extraordinarily busy and loud day today, likely because the onimous weather is driving people indoors. That really, I just want to go home and bury my head in my pillow and admit no sound or light for a few hours. I think I might be starting to count down my days left at this point...
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