It's hot today. But I have a lot of work to accomplish. Didn't want to stay in my apartment; I'm afraid I wouldn't get anything done. So I head on down to the local coffeehouse. Nice vibe. Free wi-fi. Lots of electrical outlets. It's crowded and I'm a little daunted, but I know it will ebb and flow throughout the day, so I find a table, plant myself, plug in and off I go.
And then I see the sign: "Storytime today at 10AM." It's set up right in front of where I'm sitting. And I see the guy with the tall black top hat and the woman with clown makeup and pigtails and I think..."Really? Today? Oh boy..."
There is nowhere else to move; every other table is filled, and if this wasn't the designated storytime area, it would be a killer location. How long can it last I wonder? So here I am...hunkering down, with the lilting sound of the clown-like woman providing the soundtrack to my day. "Can you see the star in the picture? Great job!" And little ones, little ones, little ones everywhere.
One little girl walked in wearing sunglasses and looking like she owned the joint the minute she got here. The clown woman said hello and asked her how she was today. She said, "I'm great! Saw a unicorn on the way over here." Wow...I wish I could start my day out with such enthusiasm. I looked out the window to see if I could spot the unicorn...not one in sight.
It's not as distracting as I thought it would be. The kids are relatively well-behaved, and if they don't start screaming or crying, I should be able to get my work done. And of course, they should be gone within the hour (I'm hoping.) And really...you never know...it might turn out to be a good day after all. I might just see a three-legged dragon or something on my way home today. One thing about being around children...anything is possible. Except maybe...getting your work done.