Princess for a Day

This past Saturday I got to be a princess. I just got back to work last week and was so looking forward to this. We hosted a “Frozen” event at one of our libraries and such great fun was had! We had games, crafts, snacks, and more all going on while playing the sing-a-long version of the movie. We knew it was going to draw a big crowd, because despite being about a year and a half old, Frozen Mania is still going strong. Plus it’s been a cold week and I know some parents just wanted to get the kids out of the house. We estimate that we had about 200 people there! So many little Elsas and Annas running around (there was even one Spiderman).

I, myself, dressed up as Anna. She has quickly become one of my favorite princesses for her spunk and charming awkwardness. I admit, I had no idea what I was going to do for a costume until a week prior when I mentioned it to a friend. She helped me pull something together with items she already had and a little magic on the sewing machine from the both of us. It was a far cry from professional, but I felt like a princess, for sure.

I had the privilege of greeting everyone as they came in. When I first went out into the lobby there were two or three little girls waiting with their parents. I swear I head a tiny gasp from one when she looked up to see me and the look on her face was pure happiness. Apparently my costume was convincing 🙂 At some point in the afternoon I heard one little girl call out, “Anna!” She then proceeded to ask me where Elsa was. When I told her I was not sure, perhaps on an adventure, she decided she was away in her ice palace.

I won’t lie, I loved the attention. But even more, I loved talking to the kids (and parents) who came out for this crazy event. At one point I talked to a little girl, who couldn’t have yet been two, as she was in her daddy’s arms. Placed on her head (atop her very little hair 🙂 ) was a paper crown (one of the crafts) with colors scribbled all over. I went over and commented on how lovely it was and asked her if she made it herself. Her big smile and “Yeah” was all I needed to know that I am in the right place. And if that wasn’t enough, her daddy’s “Thank you, for this,” definitely sealed the deal.

I can’t say exactly what it was, but in crouching down to their level and talking to the kids there was something magical. At times I felt it was because I had this giant full skirt and crinoline around me. I remember wondering if this is what the women who are princesses at Disney feel like. I wonder if they know what a huge impact they have on little girls when they wait in line forever just to meet them. Regardless, I felt like a princess that day and I hope I was able to pass that feeling of specialness and magic on to the kids I came in contact with as well.

Love & Blessings,

KJ

A Letter of Thanks

For those of you who don’t know, I’m the head children’s librarian  for a county library system. I completely adore my job and think it’s one of the most fulfilling ones out there. Today (and yesterday) some pretty simple things were said to me by a new patron and a coworker; so nonchalantly that I doubt they realized the impact they had on me (in a most wonderful encouraging way). Here is my letter of thanks.

Dear Mom at the library,

Thank you so much for bringing your little boy in today. It was a delight to talk with him and with you and share with you the finer things of the library, aka free pencils and toys to play with. Thank you for sharing with me the fact that you love being an older mom; you mentioned you were in your 40s and your little boy was 4 at the oldest. Thank you for expressing the joy you receive when seeing what he takes wonder and joy in; that because you are older, more mature, you are not so wrapped up in yourself to notice your child. You asked me if I had kids and I replied with a simple, “No.” You added, “Not yet,” and that really did make my day. You didn’t ask if I was married, but you were certainly close enough to see if there was a ring. And still, those 2 words were so confidently spoken.

You couldn’t have known that just the day before I had a conversation with a coworker at lunchtime. We were talking about his kids and kids in general, adoption, fostering, and the like. I don’t remember exactly what lead to it, but all of a sudden I hear the words, “You’ll be a great mom,” come out of his mouth. So matter of fact. So certain. No question about it. Not “You would be” or “You could be,” but “You will be.” He said that and my heart lifted, just as it did when we were chatting. 5 words one day followed by a simple 2 the next. An encouragement for me that at 31 it is not too late. That God’s timing is perfect and His promises are true.

Your little boy got his first library card today, but you gave me so much more with two simple words that I won’t soon forget. I do hope you’ll come into the library more often and that I might one day be able to let you know how much those words impacted me today and the days to come.

Love & Blessings,

KJ