Today we had a steady stream of folks ramble through the Wren’s Nest. Docents Star and Jeri performed admirably and even gave out free Wren’s Nest stuff to folks they thought were nice. I can’t promise we’ll always be this sweet, but you never know until you visit.
Jeri gave out a Br’er Rabbit pencil to one lucky dame who in turn requested that it be sharpened. Since I’m not a jerk I said, “Yeah, okay,” and retreated with the pencil to the office.
Initially I wondered, does the Wren’s Nest even have a pencil sharpener? But then: oh right, of course, that one attached to the wall that we never use.
It’s a dinosaur of a pencil sharpener, and after I figured out how it worked and had been happily sharpening for maybe twenty seconds, I realized that this is no ordinary dinosaur of a pencil sharpener, this is indeed original to the house. It didn’t hit me until I noticed the small curator’s tag hanging from the back.
Clearly, there’s a reason my title is Executive Director and not Museum Curator.
The moral of this story is that if you want a Br’er Rabbit pencil it’s gonna cost you 50 cents. If you want your pencil sharpened at the Wren’s Nest in Joel Chandler Harris’ very own pencil sharpener, well that’s going to run you an additional $19.50. If the point ever gets dull you can always bring it back for more sharpening. Then it’s on the house. Literally. (I know…and I’m not sorry!)
A few of today’s other accomplishments in order of importance:
- took a nice nap at the desk;
- supplied the now official Wren’s Nest coffee pot;
- cleared broken glass from a window pane;
- installed new glass;
- used putty;
- reflected on how my time at the hardware store continues to pay off…though I’ll let you be the judge of my glazing skills / knowledge of the names of tools.
Predicted accomplishments of tomorrow in the past tense:
- installed new toilet seat;
- took a nice nap at the desk.