You remember that moment in Mr. Holland's Opus when all his past students come together to play his music as a way of thanking him for the impact on their lives? He'd been through so much, and it means everything to him to have those who've loved him throughout this life gather. Oh, how the tears flow. It's a beautiful moment, and how very few of us get to experience such a moment like that in real life.
I did today.
For a get-together celebrating the release of Poison, it was only natural to plan it at Fargo's Pizza Company in Colorado Springs. I have quite the history with Fargo's. It was established the same year I was born. My dad always claimed we moved to Colorado from Kansas because of this place. And he loved it. We spent many childhood moments there. I brought my husband there on one of our first dates. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner there. We enjoyed my dad's memorial lunch there. We've even dubbed our usual table "The Marty Hodges Memorial Table." And we celebrated Asylum's release there a couple years back. Yes, Fargo's holds a special place in my heart and in my life.
Precious friends spanning many years joined us! Of course, my family was there. Pikes Peak Writers friends, my fifth grade teacher, my mom of my heart, and a dear couple I met through my husband... I couldn't imagine a better group of folks! Yes, quite a few were missed, but I know they all had good reasons for being unable to make it. But to those who were there, I am so grateful. You are all awesome!!
While I'm no Mr. Holland, I am certainly blessed. I spent the afternoon surrounded by special people who love and support me. We shared hugs, kisses, and encouraging words. My cup is overflowing, and I cannot tell you how much this time meant to me.
Until the next book, my friends!
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