My kids have said some great things over the years. Things that make me laugh, things that make me cringe, and things that have actually made me cry. So here is my top ten list so far of the worst things my kids have uttered out loud and on purpose.
- “Mommy! The kitchen’s on fire!”
- “I don’t see why you’re mad; It’s not like it’s a *real* book.” (this said when I was preparing my first manuscript for the editor and had lost fifteen pages)
- “I’m going to my friend’s house for dinner. Her mom makes GOOD food.”
- “But Daddy doesn’t do it like that!”
- (during scripture study) “If all those people only eat milk and honey, they are going to get scurvy and die due to improper diets! You’d think God would know better about nutrition.”
- (child pointing to a quote by Colonel Sanders in KFC that has the word “damn” in it) “Look! There’s the word Mom uses!”
- “Mommy! Look! I cut my own hair!”
- “So you mean like it’s hard for you to hear why you shouldn’t swear?”(also during scripture study when I was explaining why Nephi’s brothers were mad, because it’s always hard to hear about the things you do wrong.)
- “The backyard’s on fire!” (notice how fire and my cursing seem to be thematic at my house?)
- “I’m ready to go.”
The last one seems tame compared to the rest, but it’s the one that gave me tears. It is what my daughter said after we’d packed up the car with her belongings to move her to St George to live with my parents so she can go to the school of her choice. She was ready to go. I am not ready to let her go.
She’s been gone for a few weeks and I miss the sound of her piano practice, and her coming in to my room to plop down on my bed and just hang out with me when she comes home from school. I miss the giggling between her and her brothers as they play.
The best thing I’ve heard? Last night she called and, in a teary sort of voice, told me she missed me.
It’s nice to know.
Last week, I had a truly awesome booksigning. It’s the kind every author loves to have–the kind with lines and being busy for the full duration of the signing. Of course it was also the kind where it’s at a booksellers convention and my wicked awesome publisher is giving my books away free, but it still makes me happy. The LDSBA convention is an incredible experience. Because it is a trade show for retail stores (which I own) and it’s about books (which I write), it appeals to me more than other trade shows.
It’s also a place where I get the chance to be with other authors. I love being with other authors.
Heather Moore was kind enough to take some pictures during my signing:
And she took a picture of the display where our books got to be friends on the shelf:
If you’re wondering why I mentioned singing, it’s because there are performances advertising the new music coming out from the publishers in this market. As a retailer, I get to attend the performances and they are simply amazing. It’s odd to feel such peace and participate in such beauty at a retail trade show. I loved every minute of it.
AND . . . I am doing my book launch party at the Sandy Seagull Book and Tape on August 21st from 7-9 pm. There will be treats, prizes, and fun as we celebrate the release of my new book Eyes Like Mine. Come join the party and buy a signed book–everyone is welcome! The address is:
31 W. 10600 S.
Again, that’s the Seagull Book and Tape on August 21st from 7-9 pm. I look forward to seeing you all there! If you’re lucky, I won’t sing at this particular signing