Thursday, June 06, 2013

Miss Information is annoyed by the pilgrims.

Miss Information has a policy of never arguing with patrons. Sometimes she just can't help herself, though. Damn her insane obsession with accuracy!

Here's what happened:
While Miss Information was placing a hold for a patron, the woman began chatting about colonial education. She wanted to know if Miss Information had experienced it. Where was she from? Here. Oh, well then where was her family from?
Miss Information mentions that the mighty Clan Information settled in these here parts way back in the early 1700s.
"Oh," the woman responds. "They came over on the Mayflower?"
Well, no. A bit later than that.
The woman sniffs. "It must have been the Mayflower."
Um. No. There were all sorts of ships. It was definitely not the Mayflower.
"Of course it was the Mayflower!" the woman insisted.  "Were they Quakers?"
Err, no. Miss Information isn't clear on the details but she thinks they were Church of England or Scotland. Some of them were definitely military, though. Miss Information doesn't think they sound like Quakers...

The woman insisted. "They were Quakers! From the Mayflower!"
This goes on for a little while with the patron casting withering glances at Miss Information the entire time. Imagine not knowing your own history! Meanwhile Miss Information is trapped into insisting that she is an expert on her family's genealogy when she really knows very little, preferring to live in the here and now. 
Well, usually she prefers the here and now. The conversation she is having now with this woman is making her wish she was living in the 1700s herself. 


At 5:56 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure the Mayflower's voyage to Massachusetts pre-dates the founding of Quakerism.

At 1:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, the Mayflower *does* pre-date the founding of Quakerism, and both pre-date the 1700s. Miss Information's patron needs to get her facts straight and stop being so pushy. I'm a genealogy buff but not everyone is and I don't believe in badgering.

At 11:43 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Years ago someone was admiring my baby. She asked how old she was and I told her, "Three weeks."
The woman replied that I must mean three months. I said, "No,she is three weeks old."
The woman then said, "No, I think you're wrong. She must be three months old."
I was so shocked that I felt speechless.


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