In middle school, our librarian was Mrs. Krutschnitt. Yes, that was her real name, proverbially appropriate for a stern librarian. Stereotypes exist for a reason. Mrs. Krutschitt was a caricature of a librarian; she wore a bun and nad those glasses like the snakes in Far Side cartoons wear, with the little chain around her neck.
Mrs. Krutschnitt was obsessively possessive of her OVERDUE stamp. "We" always found it entertaining to "readjust" the year on her overdue stamp when she wasn't watching. Seventh grade boys are, of course, known for their subtle wit. Actually, despite my considerable professional and familial success, my mental state is pretty much fixed in 7th grade. Oh sure, I've continued my formal education for well over a decade after that, and my informal eduction for several more decades after THAT, but if I'd dropped out of school after 7th grade, I'd be pretty much the same person I am now. It's both scary and comforting to recognize this.
I also understand this is pretty typical. Psychologists tell us, if the profession has any credibility, that our basic personality is determined by about age 8, and the final 'refinements' are in place by around age 15. So, I may have been "refined" a couple of years ahead of schedule, but I'm not that atypical.
Which is probably why I still remember Mrs. Krutschnitt more than any of my later teachers or professors. My life's purpose was fixed during that time....it was my destiny to readjust the overdue date on the rubber stamp.....perhaps in more subtle and symbolic ways...but to the same end. It's my calling in life to annoy people....especially those in authority.
Thank you, Mrs. Krutschnitt for being such good target practice.
Causes Eric Nichols Supports
Free Burma Rangers, Partners Ministries (Thailand), Literacy council of Alaska, Access Alaska.