Both girls squealed.
“!!!” one said, in the language that little girls understand, a language that isn’t forgotten even after almost three months of summer.
“!!!!!” the other answered, and they both ran toward each other and into a hug that was sweeter than a great big banana split.
“Are you in this class?” Girl asked her friend.
“Yes! Wanna sit next to me?”
With their new teacher’s help, they arranged it all, sorting out who would sit where. Neither girl stopped smiling the whole time we were in the classroom. We were there for Meet the Teacher, though Girl did more See Old Friends than meeting her second grade teacher. When she discovered that her very best friend G from first grade, would also be in her class, that was the cherry on the banana split.
It was a day of good news for my girl, and she’s mentioned all of it no less than a dozen times over the weekend. Sometimes, good news gets sweeter the more we share it.
Today I got to call a few people in my life with some good news. The reaction from them was just what I hoped for and–honestly–it wasn’t so different from the big dish of happy that I saw between my girl and her friend a couple of days ago, though the words were a little more grown up and the squealing took the form of equivalent grown-up exclamations.
Here’s the news: Today I got an email from Laura Mayes, one of the co-founders of kirtsy. I don’t know if you all have heard (I’m guessing a lot of you have) that the editors of kirtsy are creating a book?
This is what the kirsty blog says about it:
That’s right! A very lovely kirtsy book is in the process of being created…The hardcover trade book will be a celebration of women’s voices, writings, art, design, ideas, discoveries and discussions online. It will feature some of the greatest things we’ve seen on kirtsy over the last year and be distributed across North America, and available for purchase any place fine books are sold. It will be beautiful.
And here’s my big guess what: The editors selected one of my posts from June to appear in the book! I wish I could sound all cool and savvy and sophisticated about this, or that I could stop using exclamation marks, but I can’t! (See?)
I can hardly wait to find out who else will appear in the book. I think the kirtsy editors are creating something wonderful, a project that is on the pulse of what bloggers and writers and photographers and designers are putting out there right now. I send them my enthusiastic congratulations, also, for making the book happen. It has to be thrilling for everyone involved.
Also, I have to thank Kyran Pittman for her part in all of this. Back in June, she selected the post to appear as an Editor’s Pick on the Mind, Body, Sprit page of kirtsy (She’s their Mind, Body & Spirit editor. She also writes at Notes to Self, among other places–including her recent feature in Good Housekeeping). I didn’t mention it here back then, as thrilled as I was, but I can’t resist letting you in on it now.
I might be past those first moments of giddy ohmygods, but the high lingers. And the gratitude. The news is all yummy and sticky and sweet right now, and for today–at least–I don’t feel much older than seven.