Thursday, August 14, 2008

Sunshine Moment

I'm sooooo good at racking up, listing, and detailing whatever minute troubles I experience in my life that I want to acknowledge when things go really right too.

I work on a university campus and a small bonus of that work is that I can check out books from the library online and they will deliver them to my door. (Yes, I know I don't need any other excuses to be lazy, but it is sooooo gratifying to have a little pleasure like this. And you know how I love me some good books.)

Anyway, a couple of months ago I misplaced a book that was due and forgot to renew it and soon late fees were racking up. It felt tragic to me. I had prided myself in the past on being a great lender at the library or the video store because I always returned things on time and hated to have any kind of late fees. And here I had a late book and fees piling up and I couldn't find the it!

Well, when we returned from our trip to Denmark, I found the book. By this time the late fees on this book and three others had notched up to over $30. Shock and horror! I was beside myself. To have to pay that much money on late books made me sick to my stomach. I figured though that I would never do it again, it was such a pricey mistake.

Then this morning, I called the library to see if I could pay the fine with my credit card or if I had to pay with a check. The woman looked up my account and said something like "Oh, don't worry about it. We'll just forgive the fees."

Ummmmm. Say that again?

I guess because I work here they looked a little more kindly on my mistake and forgave it. I'd like to believe it is because I've been such an excellent patron in the past that they are giving me time off for good behavior. Whatever the reason, I got a bit giggly as I got off the phone because it was such an unexpected surprise. I love those kinds of moments.

And all seemed right in the world. (For the next few hours at least.)


Lori Sume said...

I enjoyed the play too and didn't realize till later- i sat with christine and mark at the utah symphony concert a few days later- that yours and christine's relatives were all over the place at that play! how fun! i love those scera shell summer concerts and plays. just a fun addition to summer!

L & H & Q & E said...

The HBLL forgives fines for all faculty and staff. Luke would know... believe me. So glad you found out in such a relieving and delightful manner!

Macy Mauerman said...

You are so great!! I am very glad that you got out of the fine!! I wish stuff like that would happen to me! My mother seems to always have things like that go her way! The lucky duck. I loved the pictures of your brothers helping you. I think that it is so nice that your family came to the rescue!! You have a great fam. :)

Cissy said...

Now THAT is a library! Rewarding the true booklovers who cannot give up their borrowed books just for a deadline! I'm glad you found this little perk that comes with BYU employment.


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