Friends, Romans, Countrymen—Lend Me Your First Grader!
Today’s Naked Truth is another smorgasbord. This is becoming a habit!
I’d like to make a request, a wee favor, if you will. Read on, Buttercup, and decide if you can help me.
Darakwon, an educational publisher for which I’ve written in the past, has contracted me to write a children’s book about careers. It will be an interview format, and the careers chosen are: policeman, paramedic, chef, travel writer, and pro athlete/entertainer.
I believe it will be more authentic if the questions are dreamed up by children rather than yours truly. For that reason, I’m looking for first and second graders to offer questions to each of those career professionals listed above. I’ll compile the questions and submit them for answers which I’ll use for the book. If your child/grandchild/friend asks questions, I’ll be sure you receive the answers to share with your young inquirers. Please help if you can. I’m desperate for kid questions!
Now, on to my recent book signing at LeLu Coffee Lounge on Siesta Key. The signing was on the patio, and the temperature was perfect. Nasty weather advisories here at home meant the hubster and I appreciated the breezy-sunshine afternoon even more than we expected. It’s tough to argue with a beachy kinda day in Florida.
Two wonderful things occurred that day. First, ButtonsMom, a frequent commenter here, came out for the signing. We’ve only met once before, and it was such a delight to spend face-to-face chatty time with her. She hung out for quite a while, and I was so happy she came. I missed her hubby—home sick—and Buttons, her pooch. You know Buttons. He’s a frequent star on Pawsitive Pondering. He was, in fact, featured this past Monday. In any event, ButtonsMom flew solo, but her presence made the day special.
The second wonderful thing was the appearance of Joan Mountford, my very own amazing Mrs. M., teacher extraordinaire. I’ve written about her here before (link HERE) and expounded on her virtues. She was the best teacher I’ve ever had. She is, in large part, the reason I believed I could write. At the urging of friends, I found her through Facebook about a year or so ago, and it has been a blessing to communicate with her after all this time. Many people have a favorite teacher, a person who made a major difference in their lives, but not everyone has the opportunity to hug that person more than thirty years later and express thanks and appreciation. I realized after Mrs. M. and her husband left that I hadn’t said all the things I wanted to. That’s okay, she knows. She’s Mrs. M. I’m pretty sure she knows everything. 🙂
In the interest of full disclosure—this being Naked Truth day and all—I have to tell you about a goofball thing I did earlier in the week. The hubster had the wheel and I rode shotgun, chatting on my cell phone with youngest Claro. We decided to stop for dinner, so hubby parked the car and we both exited the vehicle.
“Hold on. Where’s my phone?” I said, confused and a little frantic. “I just had it a minute ago. It couldn’t just disappear.”
My husband gave me a look right about the time my daughter said into my ear . . . through my cell phone . . . “Mom? Do you need to hang up?”
And that, Buttercup, is one of the reasons the hubster keeps me around. Not only do I entertain, but I’m pretty sure he’s afraid I’ll never survive alone in the wild.
One last thing. Observations from the Tub and Pawsitive Pondering are now on hiatus. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to post three times a week. I may bring them back at some point, but for now, consider them in a state of suspended animation. Wednesdays will continue to be Naked Truth day, so I’ll see you next week!
Have a great one!
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