Yeah, I'm a librarian. Yeah, librarians get to see all the good books. Yeah, our reputations proceed us. Yada Yada Yada. But, I'm not that kind of librarian. I'm the kind of librarian that digitizes old stuff and displays it on the internet.
In the course of my work I get to see some really cool stuff but today I got to see the coolest thing on the planet. Okay, maybe not the coolest for some of you but I'm a Jeffersonian and Colonial period historian. Which make this item the coolest thing I've ever seen.
What was it?
It was a letter from George Washington to Israel Shreve written in 1778. I got to hold it. I got to read it. I got the chills from it. I refrained from drooling on it.
I immediately went back to my office virtually wiggling with excitement. I had to tell someone. Someone who would understand. Someone who would appreciate the enormity of what this meant to me. My oldest boy would be great because he too has a history background but he's not online. Who is online? My youngest son. Here is our chat.
me: OMFG I just got to touch and read a letter written by George Washington in 1778
The Boy: who?
me: George Washington
father of our country
3:31 PM The Boy: ohh right
The Boy: good ole georgey boy
me: it was one of these
wooden teeth boy
3:32 PM crossing the Delaware guy
3:33 PM The Boy: could you imagine splinters in your gums
me: no I can't imagine
think of the canker sores
3:34 PM The Boy: think of the cholera!
me: think of the bleeding
The Boy: bleeding gums murphy
me: without the saxophone
Some of the excitement drained out of the occasion. I still had the chills. They were just a little less chillslike. Whereas I was laughing my a*& off.