When I first found out that I was pregnant, after the hysteria passed, I got excited about all the things I would teach my child. I would teach them everything I had learned. I could show them what I knew of the world. I planned on teaching them the same lessons I was grateful to have learned, and would avoid the lessons I wished I hadn’t learned. But mostly I wanted to teach them the lessons I had learned too late; the ones that stung a bit too much to learn the hard way.
Let me tell you, I was a way better parent before I had kids. I was so wrong.
When I met Halia, she let me know quite quickly that we weren’t going to be following my plan, because she had one of her own. Halia has been my mirror since the day she was born, showing me how the world sees me, and always demanding to know the next step. She’s kept me accountable for my actions, and forced me to be the best version of me I could be.
And then I met Leona, who had a much different lessons for me.
With Leona I’ve learned to stop and look around. I’ve learned it’s okay to wander away from the crowd and dance when there’s a good beat, even if I’m the only one who can hear it. I’ve learned the joy of being silly, and that it’s okay to wear plaid, florals and stripes in the same outfit as long as you have the attitude to go with it. I’ve learned that everyone has a story, there’s an adventure to be found anywhere, and that there’s no limit to the number of times she can make me question my own sanity.
So, having learned all these valuable lessons, I did what any parent would do: figure out a way to profit from their children.
I’d like to thank everyone for coming and for those who helped make yesterday possible. It’s been a fun ride and I’m humbled by the love and support I’ve been given.
A big thank you to Christina at Starving Artist Gallery Cafe for hosting the event and for her help throughout the planning process. Everyone raved about the food, the art, the venue. Everything was perfect. And I even came home with some new art.
I can’t even express the gratitude I have for Becky, English Dave, and Del Davis. Without their encouragement I might not have even tried. I don’t know how I got so lucky to have such amazing friends as these three, but I am so grateful I do.
Thanks goes out to John, who still loved and supported me even when I was going (still am) a bit crazy with stress and being stretched too thing. And of course for the flowers.
A big shout out to Chris Brown, an amazing and talented musician who played the entire event. I received so many compliments on the music. I’ve always been a supporter of musicians, but this guy… I’d fund every project he wanted to work on if I could.
I was asked quite a few times yesterday if I am working on more books. I am working on the second book in the Halia and Leona series with the working title “Mom, who’s Mackulay Culkin?”