Wednesday, March 21, 2007

10 more days? This diaper may not be able to wait...

I was reading up on other blogs and I saw where a dad commented about changing his kid's diaper on the floor of a men's room since there was no diaper changing station in the bathroom. Besides being totally grossed out, I remembered a long time battle that I may have to resume soon.

Plus, we drove by our neighborhood library last night and saw that they have FINALLY taken down a year's worth of construction fences. All this combined to remind me of the good old days...


Our neighborhood library is stupid.

There. I said it. The S word.

See, they closed our closest library branch about a year ago to add on more space. Which is great in my book. It was a pretty small place, so I am all for them having more room. And I understand that a major renovation goes faster if the space isn't open to the public. The problem? They only had the place opened for about 6 months after being closed most of a year before this closure so that they could paint and replace carpets and expand the parking lots.

I am a lazy sumbitch. I would never paint a room and clean the carpets just to rip it all out six months later. Maybe that is why I don't work at the library. But it just seems too obvious to ask why wasn't this all done at once. So I won't ask.

The Talker and I started going up there every few days when he was nine months old. And we really needed a diaper changing station. But they did not have one in the men's restroom. Each time I needed to change his diaper I would ask when a deck would be installed in the men's room. The standard answer 4 1/2 years ago was "when we renovate the library, in a few months." And then I would change The Talker's diaper on a reading table or on the carpeted floor, out in the middle of the library.

Every time a librarian would get mad at me and offer to let me use the women's restroom diaper changing station. Which I never did. Because I did not want to. Plus it was inconvenient for every mom in the place for me to be tying up the ladies room.

The lack of a diaper deck and my public diaper changing protests continued right through until The Princess came along. Then there were a few months of me changing two diapers out in the open library. But still, no diaper deck.

Then the library closed for paint/carpet/parking renovations. And my faith in humanity was renewed just like the freshly shampooed rugs. Until I went into the men's room. No damn diaper deck to be found. So I marched out into the library and changed baby girl right on a nice new reading table. If only I had been a NASAstronaut, I could have changed myself, too. And the librarians were pissed.

But not as much as me. We had waited 2 1/2 years for a diaper deck to be installed and now that renovations were done the library staff told me "no one ever asked about having a diaper changing station in the men's room." Why do you think I change the kids on the tables? I mean I don't want to hang out in the men's room any longer than necessary, but dang.

Anyways. The library re-reopens in 10 days. And April 2 we will be there at diaper changing time. And there dang well better be a diaper deck in the re-renovated men's room. Or else I might shove some librarian's computer out of our way and change The Princess right on the front desk.

4 comments:

Mike said...

I don't know why my comments were hiding for 5 1/2 hours. But they are back, now...

jd said...

That's really funny, Mike! I laughed out loud in the law library. I hope you get your changing table. If not, we'll file an Equal Protection claim against the city. Genders should have equal access to the changing tables!

Mike said...

That is right, sister! No one should be depriving me of my right to hang out in small, stinky places.

Terry said...

Do you ask the librarians to dispose of the little treasures??

That might help.....