*sniff* Thank you Wonderflonium and Petticoats....when I'm not so tired and feeling healthy, I can be logical....but when I'm tired (which is often these days) and feeling lousy, the whole world suddenly turns grey and muddy.
I did not get out to that movie night with the other spinster girls, but I did go to a theatrical version of "It's A Wonderful Life" with some other friends. Loved it.....BUT, in keeping with the title of this thread, one of my friends (another librarian) and I said at the same time "I love this story except for the five minutes that take place HERE"...that would be the part where George finds out that, without him to marry her, Mary Hatch became (fateworsethandeath) a LIBRARIAN! Have NEVER understood this.
"George, your brother died young, because he died, all the soldiers on the transport carrier were killed, your uncle is in an insane asylum, your mother is a mean, bitter old woman and the whole town has been destroyed by Potter. But the WORST thing, the most horrible thing in the world that could happen is: Mary's a single librarian. Oooooooh. Shudders!"
Also, I want to know: how did not getting married affect Mary's vision so adversely? Married to George, she apparently has 20/20 vision (or else she's very vain). NOT married to George, she has myopia....and an ugly hat.