Our libraries have so much to offer us. And sometimes what they offer is much more than we realize. Today’s writing prompt is about recognizing and appreciating the unexpected, as well as what our libraries have to offer. Keep reading to see the full writing prompt and my completed version of it: Emotional Support.

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Today’s Writing Prompt: While I Was Reading At The Library…

Start your writing today by completing this sentence, “While I was reading at the library…” but try to write about something unexpected that happens while you’re reading at the library.

Completed Version of Today’s Writing Prompt

Emotional Support, by K.E. Creighton

While I was reading at the library in my favorite chair in the back corner by the large floor-to-ceiling window, I heard a faint whimper. I moved the book I was reading, The First Five Steps to Getting Un-Depressed, to the side and saw a puppy with long floppy ears looking up at me. It dropped the plush elephant toy it was holding in its mouth at my feet once we made eye contact.

Naturally, I looked around to see who the puppy belonged to but I didn’t see anyone nearby. I heard murmured voices in the distance but didn’t see a single person. As I stood up, the puppy jumped on my leg and started wagging its tail excitedly.

“Let’s see who you belong to,” I said, leaning down to scratch behind its right ear before grabbing its toy off the ground.

The puppy walked with me as I walked along the shelves of the self-help section toward the front of the library, wagging its tail the whole time. For the first time in a while, I felt my spirits lift as I watched its tail move from side to side. And I started to feel how I used to feel among shelves and shelves of books–joyful. Just then I realized how odd it was that out of the dozens of self-help books I’d read lately, none of them focused on joy.

As we were approaching the front desk, I heard, “There you are. Thank goodness!” I turned around to see a middle-aged man crouched down on one knee petting the puppy. The puppy jumped on him clearly excited to see him.

When the man stood, he looked at me and said, “I see you found Buster. Thanks. He’s training to be an emotional support dog. But as you can see, he still has a long way to go. My son was supposed to be watching him at the park outside, but Buster must have made it through the automatic doors by himself somehow.”

I responded, “No problem,” and handed him Buster’s toy.

On the way back to my chair, I searched the shelves for books on emotional support animals. I found quite a few. Of course, the library had what I needed to read. I had just been distracted and looking in the wrong place until now.

[All Rights Reserved by K.E. Creighton and Creighton’s Compositions LLC. The above work is a piece of fiction. All names and locations referred to are the product of the author’s imagination and are used entirely for fictional purposes. Any similarities to real-life persons or places are purely coincidental.]

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