WOO HOO IT’S HERE, THE DAY WE’VE ALL BEEN WAITING FOR! REKHA’S ACTUAL BIRTHDAYYYYYY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I missed a couple of days of posting, so here are some Rekha facts to get caught up:
- Rekha is really good at getting rid of stuff, and her home always looks lovely and feels orderly as a result. I read Marie Kondo’s book, but when I’m trying to decide whether or not to get rid of something, I ask myself if Rekha would keep it around.
- Rekha understands why Sister Wives is a good and important television program.
Sister Wives: We have hands
(Speaking of which: WHATTT??? I gotta get caught up on my SW news.)
- Girl has kind of a crazy job – like one of those jobs that asks you to do about 20% more than you possibly could. (20% is an underestimate really.) BUT she still manages to conduct herself as a person, rather than the walking stressball I would be if I were her.
So! Hey! Birthdayyyy!!!!
I know lots of y’all have been reading this blog for a while. Maybe today leave a comment with a reason why? I’m sure you’ve got a million of them!
Happy birthday, Rekha. I sure am lucky to know you, and excited to continue the celebration of you all month long.
I don’t fully remember exactly how Rekha and I became friends – it was a gradual process through which she changed from someone I admired from afar to someone I admired from a lot closer up.
I do know that she made it happen – I am kind of crap at making new friends, although it’s something I continue to work on. I have always been SUPER shy, although now, after decades of practice, I can do a pretty good impersonation of a not-shy person. To the extent that people who’ve known me for a shorter time are often surprised to hear that I’m an introvert. (It’s because I now talk too much, to compensate. Middle ground, very elusive!) But the place where my shyness especially still lingers is in forming new friendships.
Anyway! This post is about Rekha, not my neurosis. The point is, she put in some legwork and started inviting me to stuff, and over to her house, and for walks, and before I knew it we were friends. Rekha is the kind of person who puts herself out there. People like that are kind of scarce.
Rekha has mad fashion sense, and is known throughout our workplace as a fashion leader. Granted, we work in libraries, and sometimes the bar is not that high. BUT STILL. SHE LEAPS OVER IT. On the rare days I don’t see Rekha at work, I wonder what outfit I missed.
Obviously I also miss her delightful personality. But I’m in it, like, 20% for the shoes.
Y’all, Rekha was up in the freezing predawn this morning to support her nephew’s crew race. Who is getting her one of these?
p.s. I’m pretty sure I got my aunt this EXACT MUG for Christmas circa 1985.
It is Day 1 of INTERNATIONAL REKHA CELEBRATION MONTH (IRCM) here at Pop Culture Librarians! Come back every day in October for more insights into the awesomeness of Rekha.
The first time I saw Rekha, she was speaking on a panel. In library school, they occasionally hosted these panels of people who’d been INSIDE ACTUAL LIBRARIES to come and talk to the students about what it’s like in there.
I’m pretty sure this was a panel of library students who’d done internships–our library school called them Directed Field Works (nobody knows why). I was a first year student, and the second years who had been out there were telling us what was up. The internship Rekha had done was maybe weeding a collection–library talk for throwing out old, gross books–or maybe she had also done some reference desk work, I don’t know.
Anyway, I’m sure whatever she did was great but it wasn’t that I was so impressed with her book throwing-away skills. Even though our paths didn’t cross much in library school, I always remembered her from that panel. She seemed really cool and self-possessed; she radiated a low key confidence. I thought, I’d like to be like her when I grow up.