I went to DC, I met my potential book subject, she was amazing and vulnerable and funny and wonderful. Her agent, for all his beauty, had a warm demeanor and kind eyes. I did my best. Once in the room with them, I managed to mostly forget about my awkward self and focus on her, diving into my curiosity about her life, my admiration for her courage and outspokenness in these times. I left there with my heart beating fast, all fluttery and excited because I felt as if I might really have a shot. But last night on the bus home to New York in driving rain, with each mile covered, I started once more to wonder why on earth she wouldn't choose someone local. As I told a dear friend this morning, I am at peace with whatever happens. I met a fantastic warrior woman. I had an experience. For now, it is enough. And if it turns into more, I'm ready.
Also on our dance card, tonight we will attend the engagement party for one of our son's friends from middle school. It is being held by his parents. Our son and his girlfriend are going too. My husband and I have been in closer touch with this young man's parents than our boys have been in recent years, in part because the groom-to-be now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, where he is studying law. This kid was my son's first friend when our boy moved to a new school in the third grade. He was so nervous the night before. "What if they don't like me?" he asked, his eyes pooling. The next morning he went into the classroom and was seated beside this boy, who immediately started talking to him about Harry Potter. I was watching from the doorway as my son, eyes suddenly dancing, engaged the conversation with matching animation. I exhaled, knowing he would be okay. Ever since, this kid has had a special place in my heart for the way he welcomed my son in.
Happy Saturday, my friends. See you on the other side of this chock-full day.
What a beautiful post! I am keeping my fingers crossed for you that this woman and her agent choose you. But of course, whatever happens you will have been brave enough to meet them and your reputation is such that you are one of the few (I am sure) considered.ReplyDelete
Those icons! Wow. I wish I could see that in its full live glory. I hope you have such big fun today and this evening with loved ones and perhaps soon-to-be-friends.
The boy that started talking to your son. We need more people like that, don’t we? And to think that a man like that is studying law. That gives me hope. It does.ReplyDelete
I think the woman would be lucky to have you as her writer, but either way it will be for the best.ReplyDelete
The icon is quite amazing and controversial as well I imagine. I hope you had a lovely evening.
New friends are always interesting, I hope you have a great time. That woman will be very fortunate to get you, fingers crossed that works out, too.ReplyDelete
Forgot to say but that icon is compelling.ReplyDelete
what a beautiful and powerful icon. would love to see the other one you described. I loved the story of your son. the only hope for us is our young children.ReplyDelete
That particular icon is the best I have ever seen! Hope that your new client is as lovely as the first meeting. Trusting first impressions.ReplyDelete
That IS a full day! Hoping for the best outcome in the new potential job.ReplyDelete
I emailed you a few days ago and just wanted to alert you in case it had gone to your spam folder or otherwise astray.
I'm writing this on Monday and hoping you had a wonderful weekend doing all the wildly interesting things you had planned.ReplyDelete
This is such a striking icon!ReplyDelete
Today is Monday and I am hoping your weekend was a good and you have recovered from it by now. Also, I hope you will receive good news about the job.
That icon is so cool -- thank you for sharing it and the artist! I am eager to learn if you got the job -- I'm so proud and impressed at all the work you hustle for and get!ReplyDelete
There is power in icons. That one especially.ReplyDelete
So many varieties of experience! Of course I think you would be the best one to work with warrior woman on a book.
Your stories about your family and friends continue to move me.
That is an incredible icon. And I'd love to see the Korean one, too!ReplyDelete