* Cross-posted on the Picket Fence Post *
When The Middle concluded its charming freshman season this week, it did so with a guest star turn by Betty White, shortly after she showed the other hosts of Saturday Night Live how it’s really done (and got blockbuster ratings to boot). Have I said that I want to be Betty White when I grow up?
Anyway, Betty played a strict elementary school librarian who was ticked that Brick hadn’t yet returned dozens of books to the school library and complained that when he did return them, they were covered with syrup and other sticky substances. (Full disclosure: My family has a checkered past when it comes to returning library books in a timely fashion. Needless to say, we do our part to support the town library with our fines. Right now, we have a DVD that’s waaaayyy overdue at the library, so much so that I’ve told my oldest boy that the late fee’s coming out of his college fund.)
On The Middle, Betty White’s librarian was so irritated with Brick that she threatened to prevent him from progressing to third grade, where he’d be taught how to write in cursive, if he didn’t bring back the 31 books he had checked out long ago. “You think you can make it out in the real world without cursive?” she asked him. “You can’t!”