I’m Your Sponge

Remember when I said that I was going to live a retired life of sybaritic pleasure and do nothing except what pleases me at the moment , answer to nobody and have no responsibility at all? What was that – about 8 weeks ago?

Welp, you’re looking at the new secretary of the Yulee Friends of the Library.

I was looking for some little something of interest to do once in a while so I started investigating local volunteer opportunities. There’s plenty of things to get involved in but considering my physical limitations (gimpiness of the highest degree), the number gets drastically cut down. I had narrowed it down to driving seniors around for medical appointments or delivering Meals On Wheels. Frankly, I could use a little help myself getting around and Meals on Wheels, well… I did that in NJ and 25 years later I still can’t get the smell out of my nostrils.

But then I remembered the January news article in the very local paper about the local branch of the county library moving out of its 500 sq. ft. space in a branch of the state college and possibly into a 6,000 sq. ft retail space right under my nose. That article, repeated on the neighborhood Facebook page, had a comment that suggested joining the Friends of the Library – so I hunted down the meeting and off I went.

My intention was to sit quietly and listen to evaluate if this would be (a) something that interested me (b) something that suited my talents and skills and/or (c) fun. But as it turned out, 40 minutes after the meeting started (and about 10 minutes after I asked if there would be recap notes mailed out to the group), boom – there I was volunteering to be secretary for the organization.

The leader framed the request for nominations or volunteers as “.. or even temporarily” so nothing to lose really except time spent creating and mailing one set of summary notes. But I have to confess that I’m very excited by this development.

9 thoughts on “I’m Your Sponge”

  1. Good for you! I bet you’ll absolutely love doing the job, temporarily or not. Congratulations on your position! OH and I must: “Archie”. Have you ever??

    1. Archie! I still can’t even believe it. I don’t care how popular the name is becoming (so they say), (doubtful), it’s still a weird choice.

      Also, H&M made a big mess of the birth announcements and their plan to create interest by stoking the secrecy aspect of it all backfired. Did you see that their press agent had to host a live Q&A to straighten things out. Which she didn’t – her whole stance was “Hey, we never said that”.

      Less Hollywood, Megahn. More normal human being.

  2. Now you’ve done it. You’re gonna be roped into president and then you’ll run for public office.

  3. Congrats! Sounds like it could be fun. When I retire I’m gonna go to a no-kill animal shelter and pet cats 🙂

  4. “I just want people to let me do what I want without challenging me.” YES. My corollary is “I just want people to not actively seek to impose their rudeness and their own preferences on ME when I am in my owned, personal, space, whether residential, or cyberspace.”

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