Today, I signed copies of my book at Barnes and Noble. It was SO awesome. But you know...it wasn't the signing and selling of books that was so exciting. It was seeing friends of old!
It started with my locker partner from my senior year in high school. I encountered her outside the store, and we squealed and hugged. How very neat to be reconnected with her!
Not long after we parted ways, my fifth grade teacher came. Now, I have to explain - he's not just a teacher. He is a friend. My family lived on the school property when I was younger. When I was five, I started "helping" with the teachers' bus duty. So I've known this sweet man for a very long time, although I haven't seen him for too many years. What a blessing it was to spend some time with him! I also got to meet his wife and granddaughter. Wonderful, wonderful time! By the way, he's in the picture above.
Also in the picture is the mom of my heart. I've known her since middle school, and I graduated with her son. She's been a lifetime friend. More than a friend, which is why I am fortunate enough to call her Mom.
One of my cousins also stopped in. We just don't get to see each other often enough...which we need to change. I got to meet her fiance, and I so enjoyed seeing them!
Another friend from high school came and introduced me to his wife. What a pleasure to see him and to meet her! I also learned that we have another connection through a mutual friend.
Someone I worked with once upon a time stopped by the table a little later in the event. He's been out of the country for quite some time. It was so awesome to see him! Yet again, in catching up, we'll be able to keep in touch in a more substantial way. I'm so looking forward to hearing his stories!
So today wasn't about selling books at all, although I'm sure Barnes & Noble would have preferred that. Today was about some amazing people filling up my heart. How grateful I am for dear friends who support and love me. God is so good!
Oh, I forgot to mention - I received a card delivered to the store from my high school drama instructor. And I encountered my contact for the local library who told me that I was chosen to participate in a major author event in April. Two other blessings that God decided to heap upon me today.
Did I sign and sell as many books as I had hoped? No. Am I satisfied with the signing? Beyond satisfied. It was a beautiful moment in time that I will treasure always. A small glimpse of heaven happened in that bookstore today. I stand in awe and give all the glory to my very big God Who does incredible things for little people like me.
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