(For this month’s Slice of Life Challenge with Two Writing Teachers, I am aiming to do Six Word Slices most days, with some extended slices on other days.)
Context: One of the important skills for Slice of Life writing, I have found, is the ability to respectfully eavesdrop on the conversations of others.
I was in the small local library last night, picking up some books, when the librarian behind counter — an elderly librarian with a grumpy exterior but an active mind, who often engages me in discussions about the books I have chosen, particularly graphic novels — began a conversation with the man in front of me about the book he had pulled from the shelves. It was about Geology and stories, and she went into a story of her own about studying at Yale and taking a Geology course that interested her, and who was this author, and then proceeded to flip through the book, reading the biography and noting that she teaches at nearby Mount Holyoke College.
Meanwhile, the line is getting longer behind me, and the man at the check-out is feeling a little antsy. I just smiled at him, giving him the look that there was no rush, that discussions about books in a library is perfectly in tune with the experience. Meanwhile, I leaned forward to listen in, and wondered, too, about the book, and I tried to steal a glance at the cover as she finally checked him out and sent him on his way.
“Patrons find the most interesting books,” she said to me, as I handed her my card and we started our own dance about my choices for reading.
Thus, my six words:
Peace (storm a’coming),