The school library conference featured some amazing authors. My job was to assist with authors as they autographed books. (I was the post-it girl, “do you need a post-it to write your name on?” Nina Laden, author of The Day I Followed the Dog, When Pigasso Met Mootisse, Romeow and Drooliet, and others, including a darling board book, Grow-Up (shhh, a Christmas present for Amelie) was there bright and early Saturday morning.
A design flaw of the conference was the timing and placement of autographing. Participants had to choose between going to a session or getting an autograph. It gave me plenty of chat time with the authors.
Nina and I chatted about many things: gluten free food, how to do the autographing and books sales next time, and then poetry. She has a great acronym for poems (Preserving Only the Essential Moments). This so tied in with the Naomi Shihab Nye’s poetry workshop the previous day. The workshop in which she talked about carrying a small notebook for observations and thoughts. The kind of notebook I carry with me.
Just that morning, following a drive through trip to Starbucks I wrote:
season’s first frost
“can I get you anything else?”
I want to say,
“how about a cup of
but will he understand?
it is for a new spirit
in the world
what will her world
when she is
a grandma like me?
It is all about preserving those essential moments. I am left with wondering and trying to live a writer’s life.