March 21, 2008

I'm Seriously Doubting Whether Librarians Have A Sense Of Humor

Say you go to the library with all four of your children.

And you get to the front of the checkout line with your big stack of books and greet the librarian.

And your four year old wants to sit on the counter so he can watch the man go back and forth, stamping the ink pad and then the book.

But as your four year old sits on the counter he begins to tell you he has a belly ache.

And you ask if he needs to go to the bathroom all the while noticing that this conversation doesn’t just include you and your son, but also the librarian standing just inches away from you on the other side of the counter.

But your son doesn’t want to go to the bathroom and proceeds to rock back and forth while sitting on his bottom…on the counter…in front of the librarian…saying owie.

And suddenly you hear a noise not quite like a machine gun but similar in force to which your four year old son exclaims (and not in his library voice) “I FARTED!”

To which you respond with a bit of shock and then booming laughter…the kind that if you don’t watch it, foreign objects might shoot out of your noise.

And then you look over at the librarian, glad to have someone to share the joy of the moment with, and notice that there is NO possibility of anything shooting out of this man’s nose.

And you ponder why this man isn’t laughing…don’t all men laugh at farts?

And then a noxious odor emanates from your golden haired, angelic son who has stopped complaining about his bellyache.

And it spreads like the fallout from a nuclear bomb and you know that the librarian can smell it too.

And you want to laugh even harder but you realize that you are the only one in the vicinity that finds humor in this situation.

Wouldn’t you jump to the conclusion that librarians just have no sense of humor?


seven said...

Hahahaha... what a great story.

seven said...

Hahaha... what a great story.

Rhen @yestheyareallmine said...

I have been in child farting situations far more times than I can count. The kids think it is hilarious. Daddy thinks it is funny. As for the people around us, it's a toss up.

SmallWorld said...

You know, I've just been a lazy bum for the past hour, browsing blogs--and I came at last to yours and just CRACKED UP! I think I can go to bed now feeling happy.

Halfmoon Girl said...

Oh Gayle, if my kids and I had been there, we would have been rolling on the floor and you would NOT have been alone in your amusement! What a funny story! The uptight librarian makes it even funnier in his role as the straight man!

Marsha said...


So let's just assume you're not talking about the children's librarian.

On a more personal note, when I was little just walking into the library with its musty smell of books (I LOVE THAT SMELL), I would get gas. Honestly, it must be one of those Pavlovian things or something. Library=books=gas. *sigh*

Boy, am I glad I grew out of that... yeah, I grew out of it like yest...uh... a super long time ago!

Mandi said...

Hahahahahahahahaha! I just want you to know that I would have laughed and I would have laughed hard! ( :
Too funny!

MaryLu said...

None, no sense of humor at all! LOL!!

EEEEMommy said...

Let's just say I could be a librarian. ;)

Emily said...

Two things:
Well, it wasn't a poop story. PraisetheLord.

and I MISSED your blog.

elaine@bloginmyeye said...

I was really askeerd that it was gonna turn into a poop story. And I would have laughed -- but maybe not if it was a poop story.

Leanne said...

Umm...I think you know this about me after all these years, but.....

I would totally be the librarian in this situation, and I would not be seeing the humor in this instance....

And possibly having to go grab the gas mask as said fallout reached my nose!!!


Poor Gayle, poor librarian!!!!

Seesh, you and your bodily function posts!!!!



Firefly mom said...

When I started reading this post, I was waiting for it to be a vomit story (maybe because that's what *my* kid would have done!) The librarian should have thanked his lucky stars it was only gas. Just think about what kind of noxious substances have been known to ooze out of kids (again, maybe just mine ;)

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness! I read this out loud to two of my daughters and my hubby and I couldn't even get through it because I was laughing so hard I was crying. My girls were cracking up and there sat my hubby thinking why do you think that is so funny? Maybe it is men in general.
That was such a hoot.

Tanya said...

Well. . . considering I am sitting here dying laughing and slapping my knee, I would definately assume librarians have NO sense of humor.

Irritable Mother said...

The only thing I can say for sure is: I am NOT a librarian and I AM laughing!
Does my statement support your thesis???

Mommy Cracked said...

OK, so I used to be a laibrarian and even I would have laughed at that. But then again, I do have a toddler, so I completely understand those moments.

Melissa said...

That is hilarious! I would be laughing right along with you.

By the way, I found you on Jennifer's blog :)

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