Eight Years Ago

16 Aug

Eight years ago I was beside myself with anxiety about my first day of work as school librarian. I had two days to figure out the job I was entrusted with before the onslaught of parents, teachers, and students. In those eight years, some things have changed.

THEN: I had a different professional outfit picked out, ironed and prepped for the first two weeks of school.

NOW: Meh. Anybody seen my pants?

THEN: my three feet of straight long hair was painstakingly wound into an intricate bun to be kept professionally out of my way while I worked.

NOW: I have a hair tie in my pocket should I need it. I won’t even look in a mirror when I put it up.

THEN: I wore the most discrete nose pin possible so as not to attract attention.

NOW: I can sleep and shower with my ring in? Sweet.

THEN: I was as nervous as the students, as prepared as possible, but not nearly knowledgeable enough. I hardly inspired confidence in the students.

NOW: I set the students at ease while I help them. They know they can come to me at any time throughout the day for help. They leave the library relieved.  I can help parents with whatever questions they have. I anticipate teachers’ needs. Things run smoothly.

What a (wonderful) difference eight years makes.

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9 Responses to “Eight Years Ago”

  1. jenn August 16, 2010 at 9:43 am #

    you are a light!

    • LittleBig August 16, 2010 at 1:03 pm #

      I ❤ you, Pen-Twirling Substitute.

  2. purplequark August 16, 2010 at 1:42 pm #

    Nicely done!

    • LittleBig August 16, 2010 at 2:16 pm #

      Thank you Jose! I know you know how hard this job is, seeing as how you are an edumacater yourself.

      • purplequark August 17, 2010 at 10:58 am #

        Quite true, edumacating is hard.

  3. Stefanie August 16, 2010 at 9:37 pm #

    I can’t believe it’s been eight years, and I still remember you preparing to interview for the job. We are all so grown up now…sorta 😉

    • LittleBig August 17, 2010 at 8:28 am #

      I remember people calling me “Mrs. Castillo” and I was like, “Who are they talking about?!” LOL

      I’m super proud of you. I think about you every day.

  4. asiajane August 17, 2010 at 8:52 am #

    I hope to be as super a librarian as you in eight years!

    • LittleBig August 17, 2010 at 12:46 pm #

      Don’t be ridiculous. You will be even better.

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