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Friday, March 9, 2012

Checking in from the road

This will be a quick post. I hope to share more later when I have the tons of pictures I've been promised!

But what a great week this has been. Can you even imagine going back to your hometown library and talking about a book that is set in a similar place? It gets better! Four of my former teachers were in the audience: my high school Latin teacher, two librarians, and my pre-school teacher. Also, many classmates and friends and family. People I don't know who'd heard about the book. Folks in the audience with memories of my daddy. It just doesn't get much better.

The weekend started with a night spent on the Mississippi River at a friend's new house. The drive over the levee took me back to driving our old Jeep to our fishing cabin.

This is the view from my window. Yes, it was that fantastic.

My sister/ companion/ tour guide and I took a few pictures of scenes from GLORY BE.
This is the new mural painted near the ball field at Fireman's Park. Not there when I was a kid, but we sure spent many hours making lanyards, swinging, even wading in the Park Pee Pool.

On the way out of town, headed toward Jackson, I visited a very innovative, interesting school, Bell Academy in Boyle, Mississippi. They'd just had a Scholastic Book Fair. I signed their books. I discussed my brief career as my school's spelling bee champ with a precious boy who'd just won the district spelling bee and was headed for Washington DC. He easily spelled the word I'd missed in 4th grade and have never forgotten:   nickle Nickel.


Barbara O'Connor said...

Such fun, Gusty!!!!

Nancy Stewart said...

So much fun reading this, and just how much you loved it is shining from every paragraph. I am doing the same, going back to my old elementary school to read and sign in two weeks and am anxious to do so as well.

PragmaticMom said...

How wonderful! You CAN go home again!

Leslie Rose said...

I'd like to be traveling with you. Do you need a roadie? What a kick to have former teachers in your audience.

Augusta Scattergood said...

Roadies would be great! And you'd all love touring around the Mississippi Delta with me. Come on down.