Ok, I didn’t spend an evening with a book (or a tv show for that matter), but rather with the author Susan Meddaugh. I also got to meet Erica Perl, author of Chicken Butt! and a Director over at First Book (an organization that provides new books to children in need), Amy from teachmama, Jeannine from PBS, and Kate from WGBH. It.was.awesome! Susan Meddaugh is wonderfully down to earth and funny. I happened to be seated right next to her, so I spent much of my time talking with her. We chatted about the inspiration for the idea (a lunch of alphabet soup with her son), rural life versus urban life, parenting, childbirth… It was a lovely conversation.
I also had a chance to chat with the other women present. It was a surprisingly comfortable time, considering I had never met any of these women before. It was a group of incredibly friendly and witty women, who all had interesting opinions about books, children, and life and were quite happy to share them. It did remind me that it has been a while since I’ve gone out for a moms’ night out or even a moms’ coffee. I need to get on that.
It was wonderful to be included and get the chance to meet Susan. That alone would have been enough, but they also gave me wine! and a gift bag of Martha Speaks books, videos, and a stuffed Martha toy. The videos have been a hit with the boys, we’ve read all the books multiple times already, and Shoo has taken to sleeping with “Martha Speaks” as he calls the stuffed dog. I even got Susan to sign one of the books to add to our small collection of signed children’s books.
Many thanks to PBS and WGBH for including me. And, of course, thank you to Susan Meddaugh for writing a fun series!
Disclaimer: I received wine and a small gift bag, but I would have had a wonderful time without either.
Unrelated: I did not run Monday. That leaves 21 miles and 3 days. Ouch!