|Center: James Meredith ... Right: John Doar|
I should know these stories.
I should know this history.
I should know it well.
|The group that started it all...|
So I did a little web research and headed over to Wilson and Walter libraries to gather a good stash of books and DVDs. And because I'm me, you know I couldn't just go pick up the materials and be on my way. You know I had to chatter on and on about how excited I was for my new summer project. You know I was yapping at anyone who would stand still long enough to hear me.
And do you know that not one person rolled their eyes at me? Not one person gave me the "Yeah, yeah...shut up lady"? Every single person was excited on my behalf. Every single person joined in the conversation. Every single person offered their assistance with enthusiasm.
The subject librarian I called asked for my email so she could send me a reading/resource list.
The undergrad listening to his iPod and shelving books (in his Joe Mauer t-shirt) helped me look for a misplaced book. When we couldn't find it, the guy at the Wilson Library circulation desk assured me they'd contact me once a copy was located. When I asked him (after he processed the 5 books I was checking out) what I needed to fill out the get the process started to find the missing book, he smiled and said "It's already happening!"
|The wonderful Walter reading room!|
I think there are times when our parade gets rained on...when we're marching to the beat of our own drum because no one quite gets where we're going. No one plays along. And while it's always up to us to be tough and carry our own torch in life, really, the journey is so much more fun when there are folks cheering us on as we go. I felt wholly bolstered today. There was no sarcasm or apathy. There was only tangible support and shared enthusiasm. It was awesome.
That today went the way it did only contributes to my excitement about this summer endeavor. I'm off to a great start...with sincere thanks due to all the helpful and delightful people I encountered!
If you have any suggestions for my summer project, please do let me know. I just watched this tonight (it was AMAZING!) and am now making my way through the Eyes on the Prize series. Am happy to know about any books, articles, websites, films, etc. that you think I should see. Share! Share! Share!