We had a Festival of Books this weekend, and Tornado E missed it as he was off on an all-weekend school trip. Unfortunately for Tornado E, several authors he likes were in town. Fortunately for me, one of those authors was one of my favorites. So I decided that I HAD to see her and get her to sign a book.
Because I’ve never been to a book signing, I worried that I would only get one book signed, so I slyly asked Tornado S to come with me under the guise of a Mommy Day. Tornado S said yes.
But first we went to the lecture. An hour talk. Which included two other authors in a panel discussion about world creating. It was great. It was funny. I learned a lot. Tornado S was bored out of his mind.
But boredom is good for the mind.
After the lecture, while I waited in line, he ran around in circles to get the energy out. Then he came and stood with me, holding Tornado E’s book. We got to the front of the line.
HB: Hi! (She reached out for a book)
Tornado S: Hi! (handing her the book) I don’t read your books yet. But my big brother does. But he can’t be here because he’s away for the weekend for school. So can you sign it for my brother?
HB: You stood in line for your big brother? (Tornado S nodded) That was very kind of you. Do you want me to make this out to your brother? What’s his name?
I spelled it for her.
Me: (Whispering to Tornado S) Did you want to ask her your question?
Tornado S: OH! Are you going to make a movie out of your books?
HB: I hope so. Fingers crossed. It’s not up to me.
Tornado S took back the book.
I handed her my book.
Me: I’m a huge fan. Thank you for writing such great books.
HB: Thank you. What’s your name?
I spelled it.
Tornado S: She has two books! Can you sign both of them?
HB: Sure! That’s what I’m here for!
Me: Oh, thanks. (I quickly pulled out the second book and handed it to her) I’ve loved your books since the first one.
HB: (Laughs) Thanks for sticking with me.
Me: I’m making it a family thing. (I patted Tornado S on the head and grabbed my book.) Thank you.
And that’s how my quiet, shy introvert had more guts than me.