Slice of Life Story Day 21 A Day of Firsts For Book and Boy
Today I drove to Lorne situated on the southern coast of
to attend a school leader’s conference. My trip involved a two hour drive plus a 45 minute ferry ride across the bay. I stopped off at Anglesea, another coastal town, to enjoy a leisurely lunch with friends. It warms the heart to catch up with friends. I then completed my journey along the Victoria Great Ocean Road to the surf coast town of . As I reached Lorne Vicki rang from home to inform me that copies of my new book, ‘Igniting Writing- When A Teacher Writes’ had arrived. I have not actually sighted a copy yet. Reading a pdf version is never the same. It’s that old issue of download versus hard copy. Lorne
Upon arrival I checked into my accommodation then walked across to the convention centre. Large glass doors opened automatically and I stepped forward into the foyer. Various conference sponsors had displays set up around the perimeter. Directly in front of me was a table adorned with books from Hawker Brownlow Education and the first book my eyes fell upon was my own. What an unexpected joy this turned out to be. It was for me, a special moment. The culmination of eighteen months of solid writing had finally come down to this moment when I reached out and picked up the physical representation of that work. It is now a reality and hopefully its reception will be favourable among readers.
The afternoon key note address was still in session, so I as stood there in comparative solitude, I enjoyed a moment of quiet satisfaction. It was as if I had discovered a secret that no one else knew…
Our lives are full of first times. I spoke on the phone to one of my grandsons late this afternoon. He whistled successfully today for the first time. Aged six, this was his special moment. Bird Boy is born.