Gentle Readers . . . and Maxwell,
I'm a little late on getting to the Question of the Month, hosted by Michael D'Agostino of A Life Examined, so please forgive me.
Michael's question for March is
“Have you ever met an idol/influence/someone you really admire? How did it go?”
I'd like to say I met Johnny Depp and he kissed me, but, alas, you'll have to settle for an author I admire. I've written about this encounter before on my blog.
A few years ago, Son of Junebug said, I'm coming home early from work to take you someplace. It's a surprise.
He arrived as promised, we hopped in the car, and after about thirty minutes he said, I want to tell you the surprise now because we're almost there. I'm taking you to hear Pat Conroy speak.
I burst into tears. Pat Conroy who wrote The Water Is Wide, The Great Santini, and The Prince of Tides, just to name a few.
Mr. Conroy was hilarious. He told so many funny stories. Then I bought a few of his books and got in line for an autograph. The line was long. It moved slowly because he spoke to every person and obliged everyone who wanted a photo with him.
Finally, it was our turn. I called the great writer Mr. Conroy. He said, Please, call me Pat.
I told him my son had brought me to see him as a special surprise. He immediately stood up and shook my son's hand.
We had a lovely chat. Pat was gracious, humble, and kind. I can't imagine a much better meeting with an idol, and now I have three books autographed by Pat Conroy in a prized position on my bookcase.
Recently, I received some dog bookends, so my favorite autographed books will move to my mantel to live between the dogs. You'd better believe Pat Conroy's books will be there.
Great question, Michael. Thank you.
Note: Starting now and ending when April comes to a halt, I'm taking time off from blogging. I must deal with a number of issues, including my taxes. Boooooo! I'll try to be here for the March 15 Battle of the Bands.
I'll miss you more than you'll miss me!
Infinities of love,