Oct 31, 2010

a small triumph

This is kind of funny, but I suppose you bookish people will be able to relate. I feel rather proud that after seven years I've finally convinced my husband to get his own library card! Up until now the entire family has just been using mine. Which was working just fine, as I'm the one who visits the library, keeps track of what's due, picks up holds etc. My daughter doesn't even know yet that she can get her own card someday. The problem comes with hubby's use of the card. He doesn't ask me to get books for him often, but when he does he takes forever to read them, because he's so very busy. The last time I checked out a book for him he kept it for the usual three weeks, renewed it twice, and had it for a week longer after that! He doesn't care about his books being late back to the library; is perfectly happy just to pay his fines. Except that when his books are constantly overdue it ties up my card. They won't let me check out any more items until I return his!

So he grumbled at the inconvenience when I dragged him into the library to put his signature on the form, but then commented how easy it was to get a card, and started looking at all the DVDs (especially documentaries) the library has available for checkout; brought several home with him that day. So now he's happy and I'm happy- I'm still getting his books for him, and returning them, but no more problems for me if his are late time after time! It was just amusing to me that it took this long to finally convince him he needed his own piece of plastic to borrow library stuff. Phew!

9 comments:

Amanda said...

Yay for that! I can't wait until I can trust my kids with one of their own.

Kim (Sophisticated Dorkiness) said...

That's awesome, yay! I think I got my first library card as soon as I was old enough to get one, and the first thing I did after I moved to Madison a couple years ago was get a library card. It made me feel like I was part of the city.

Jenny said...

Yay for library cards! Library DVD collections are wonderful things - I've watched most of the TV shows I've watched from library DVDs. Your husband never made such an excellent decision. :p

TheBlackSheep said...

Wow. Imagine not wanting your own library card. I can't actually. :P

Nymeth said...

Hooray! I made my boyfriend get one as soon as we moved here because the checkout limit isn't all that hight, and so I might need to check out books on his card sometime :P Yes I'm horrible.

Jeane said...

Amanda- I know, me too!

Kim- I remember getting my own at a young age, too. My sisters and I all had our own cards.

Jenny- I've only just begun to explore the DVD collection our library has. It's actually quite extensive.

Black Sheep- Me either. But then, hubby doesn't read nearly as many books as I do...

Nymeth- Oh, that's great! I never though of using his for extra checkouts!

Chris said...

LOL...this is a fantastic post! Good for him for getting a library card! And Ana's comment absolutely cracks me up!

Anna said...

Sounds like it was time for him to get his own card. lol

Trish said...

Ha! Good for you for making him responsible fo his own books. I admit I JUST got a library card for the first time in over 10 years. But only to download audiobooks. :-/