day five: miss cindy

Welcome!  If you’re wondering what all the 31 hubbub is about.  Read this.

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My children call her Miss Cindy.

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Her full name is Cynthia Ann Burchell but she goes by Cindy.

I know her because she is a children’s librarian at our local library.  She is the best.  Let’s be honest, All of our librarians are awesome.

Cindy has three children (two boys and a girl) and lives in Marion where she also grew up and went to school.  Her husband is a pastor and, because of his job, they lived in Bluffton for 10 years and that is when she started working at the library.  They eventually moved back to Marion but, thankfully, she still works at our library.  She said that she loves working there because she loves to help moms in raising their kids to be productive citizens.  (it really does take a village.)

When I first moved to our little town, I didn’t know anyone but my parents.  It is a small town but still there were a lot of changes since I’d lived here 10 years previously.  But the library was within walking distance from my house–a mere 3 blocks away.  And I knew that I would survive.  Yes, I am a nerd.  One of the first activities I had Ben (my only kid at the time) take part in was story time at the library.

Cindy teaches the 2-4 year old kids.  Do you know the patience required for that class?  To be able to get kids at that age to sit still and listen to three or four books– well, she is part superhero, I’m pretty sure.  Not only does she read to them, she does fingerplays (songs with motions…yeah she’s got a great voice) and crafts, too.  Let’s just pause for a second and think about doing crafts for 2-4 year olds.  First of all, not easy.  Second of all, preparing crafts for probably close to 50 kids (maybe more?) is time-consuming.  I remember saying about a year ago, “man, Cindy, that is A LOT of work!”  Her reply, “it is a labor of love.”

That, in my opinion, is honorable.

And so when I asked if I could interview her for my blog, she was a little embarrassed but I think that there are certain people in your life that deserve recognition for the hard work that they do.  Librarians are some of those people….so this is my way of saying thanks.

Thanks for all of your hard work and time spent preparing.

Thanks for always having a friendly smile when my kids enter the library.

Thanks for being so patient even when my kids aren’t the quietest.  or calmest. or happiest.

Thanks for sharing your love of books and reading with my kids.

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Let’s get to know her a little better.

I asked her:

Have you ever taken a personality profile?  “my husband and I did one before we got married.  We both scored high in dominance.  But we also scored high in communication.”  They’ve been married for 23 years, so I guess they’re doing ok 🙂

Tell me something interesting about the last movie you watched.  “Willy Wonka with Johnny Depp.  The lady that plays Charlie’s mom looks like she could be Johnny Depp’s sister.”  She is in a lot of his movies because she is the wife of Tim Burton who directs a lot of movies that Johnny Depp is in.  “oh I did not know that….they look a lot alike to me.” (I agree.  They kind of do.  but they are both so quirky.  maybe all quirky people look alike?)

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?  “an artist”  And she is one.  I think some people are born artists.

What is your current hobby?  “I make jewelry and soap.”  see.  an artist 🙂

What has been your favorite vacation?  “for my 20th anniversary, we took a caribbean cruise with my kids.  that might seem weird, but it was such a great family vacation.  we didn’t have to cook or go anywhere for food.  and the kids were all old enough to take care of themselves.”  I want to go on a cruise.  right now.

What vacation exceeded your expectations?  “We went to Vail, Colorado when the kids were younger.  I don’t like to be cold.  And it was in April during ‘muddy season’.  But we took a train there and it was such an adventure and the kids loved it.”  I agree.  I always think vacations should be someplace warm.  Maybe I should stretch a little and try a cooler climate.

What is your favorite song right now?  “you revive me by christy nockels”  I hadn’t heard of this song before.  I like it better each time I hear it.  

What has been  your most life changing moment?  “having children.  I turned from ‘me focused’ to ‘others focused’.  I could say becoming a christian but that happened when I was five so I’ve basically always been one.  of course, I’ve kept growing in my faith.  but, yeah, having children.”

Finish this sentence.  Before I die, I want to “hold my grandchildren.”

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Isn’t she an awesome lady?  Do you love the library and the people who work there as much as I do?  Go say hi to a librarian today and tell her (or him!) thanks.

Tomorrow is day six and I’ll introduce you to a pretty cool lady named Lynne.

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6 thoughts on “day five: miss cindy

    • you’re too kind. it isn’t easy for an introvert like me 🙂 the scariest part is right before you ask—so my advice is just to plunge ahead and start the conversation!

  1. I love Miss Cindy, too. She is the bomb. All our librarians are just so nice and helpful! Fun to read a little more personal info to get to know her more. This is fun, Rachel!

  2. Miss Cindy was my youth pastor’s wife…and a great friend! Some of my friends and I did a girls Bible study with Miss Cindy…and honestly that is where I learned to cling to His Word…during good and bad times! What an awesome woman of God she is! 🙂

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