Wow! Talk about a week of extreme highs and extreme lows.
It began with an awesome trip to Denver to take part in this month’s 12 x 12 featured author Peter Brown’s book tour for Mr. Tiger Goes Wild. The trip included connecting with several 12 x 12 friends. We had so much fun! It’s always a treat to get-together with fellow kidlit creators.
Then the rains came. And came and came and came. They stopped briefly, then came again. Still coming. The rains have been called “biblical” by the media.
I have never in my life seen anything (first-hand) like the level of destruction this flooding has caused in Boulder and adjacent areas. Terrifying and devastating. But as always at times like this, people reach out to one another and work together to ease the suffering of those directly affected. Many have put themselves at the front lines of danger to evacuate people AND their pets!
Still more are providing food and shelter, and donating time, talent and resources to the stabilization (and soon recovery) efforts. Times like this serve to remind us that on the whole, humans are resilient and good. It’s also more important than ever to reflect on how much we have to be grateful for.
During one of the short-lived partings in the clouds, Stacey Williams-Ng at Little Bahalia sent me a photo of the print version of A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS in a bookstore!! In the grand-scheme of the universe, this event doesn’t even register. But in personal terms, it’s cardinal. The first time you see your first book in a bookstore – well there are no words that quite cover the s
urge of emotion. So I’ll leave it at that. Plus, it was great balm to my soul after a rough few days.
In all, this week has been a good reminder that, whether in times of great joy or in times of great sorrow, it is always, always possible to find reasons to be grateful.
Quotes on Gratitude
“‘Thank you power’ is writing down the moments that are good in your life so that you can go back and reflect on them – so you’ve got this sort of repository of good stuff in your past.” — Deborah Norville
“None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” — Fred De Witt Van Amburgh
“We think we have to do something to be grateful or something has to be done in order for us to be grateful, when gratitude is a state of being.” — Iyanla Vanzant
Gratitude list for the week ending September 14
- The most important thing – my family and friends are all safe as the flooding continues. The rain is supposed to end tomorrow. (fingers crossed!)
- The print version of A TROOP IS A GROUP OF MONKEYS has landed on U.S. shores! Some of them at least, with many more to come! One of them even found its way into an indie bookstore!! Such a thrill!
- A friend was nice enough to take me in on short notice Thursday, AND made me an amazing dinner, when I no longer felt safe in my house alone.
- So many friends and family checked in with me online and by phone to make sure we were safe. It’s always helpful to know there are people out there who care.
- Got to hang out with Peter Brown in Denver as part of his book tour, get a signed copy of Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, and give my kids a chance to meet him.
- Also got to hang out with some awesome 12 x 12 friends, including Vivian Kirkfield. She and I had never met, and this was our last chance before she moves to NH in the coming weeks. Such a treat! We all (including Peter) wore our 12 x 12 buttons with pride!
- My daughter got a great role in her next musical – Mulan – which includes a singing solo.
- My son knocked his second grade presentation out of the park!
- Sharing a dinner of grilled pork tenderloin last night (rain be damned!) with a friend I hadn’t seen all summer.
- My house, so far, is intact. No shifting, no leaking, no flooding. I’ve never been so grateful to have a solid roof over my head.
What are you grateful for this week?
P.S. Because this is International Dot Day, here is the one I made as a representation of my week (and this post).Categories: 12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, Apps, Authors, College Football, Family, Friendship, Gratitude Sunday, Picture Books, Publishing · Tags: 12 x 12, 12 x 12 Featured Author, A Troop is a Group of Monkeys, Author, Boulder Flood, Gratitude, Gratitude Sunday, Julie Hedlund, Mr. Tiger Goes Wild, Peter Brown, Quotes on Gratitude