Compassionate Librarian

How does one become compassionate, does it happen slowly or is it something that is built in us and we don’t recognize it until we are faced with a situation?

What is your visual concept in  a day of librarian? Do you imagine she goes to work, and helps people find the items they want or do you imagine her sitting behind her desk reading a book? How often do you use your library?

I had quite the week.  Mr. X came into the library on Monday, he told me his story. He said his wife kicked him out, but he was glad to get away from her. Apparently she is bio-polar and very hard to live with. But consequently he  found himself homeless. So every day he was wanting to use the computer lab to find someone in his family that could help him.

He inquired about instant-gram and western union. The reference librarian looked into that for him. Well to make a story short, his mother in law comes to his rescue, she comes to our town and they meet up at the Salvation Army, she purchases him train ticket and blesses him with some much needed money. Meanwhile he later tells me that he had gone to McDonald here in town and told them he was homeless. They blessed him with a meal.

So today Mr.W is hanging out at the library, apparently he used to come in all the time, he asked me if I remembered him and I replied he was the fellow that could not read a regular clock, but only a digital clock, He said he was getting better at that.

Turns out he had been away from this place for two years and now finds he must leave. I am not sure what his story is, but he had parents, that let him call, but not sure how much help they were able to give him. So his step brother brings his clothes to him, as now he is not allowed to be in this city. This guy is young 19, I am not sure if he is street smart, but to me he is very young and has lot to learn. Sad case. I think he might have learning disability too.

I wasn’t sure but his half brother brought his clothes in grocery plastic bag which would probably soon tear and fall apart. So I decided to part with my Aldi’s cloth grocery bag so he could carry his clothes that way.  He was very happy to have it and told me it was better than the other bag. I know it had better handles on it too. I also didn’t have much money with me today,  but gave him my last $7 dollars. Then he needed a train ticket, they can not be purchased at our train station but has to be purchased online line, so they gave me money and I purchased his train ticket online. He was very appreciative. You could see he did have manners but somewhere got off on the wrong track.

So it turns out these two are going to become travel companions at least up to Chicago. Turns out Mr W. father was going to hire Mr. X but it didn’t’ turn out quite like it was suppose too. Mr. X seemed to have brains but just in rocky place presently. I don’t know why he came here, but I don’t know where he came from either.

So I sent up some prayers for the both of them, I told them that they needed to thank God that I was just an instrument for him that day. I tried not to get to involved. But they both came and thanked me for all the assistance I had given them. Some of it was part of my job and the other part was being compassionate towards others. Today was -1 degree so my heart went out to these two trying to find a warm place to rest their bodies. I hope and pray that they will be smart enough to figure out or someone will be put on their path that will open their hearts as I have.

Mary O.

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