As part of the book’s June kick-off, I’ll be at the Missoula Barnes & Noble Store, 2640 N. Reserve Street, reading from Gifts: Mothers Reflect on How Children with Down Syndrome Enrich Their Lives. The event begins at 2pm.
I haven’t done a reading in more than three years. I’ve been to a lot of readings; mostly Tom’s, when I had the children in tow and would sneak out the back because someone needed a kleenex, or someone else had to use the potty, or because so-and-so poked so-and-so in a mean way. I hope it’s like riding a bicycle, in that once you know how to do it, you never really forget. Truthfully, I’m a little nervous.
In addition to reading my essay from the book, I’m planning to speak about community, and its value in our lives. The story of how Gifts came together is a great testament to the power of working together, and an example of what we can accomplish when we support each other. Alone, we are one; together, we are many.
If you can make it to the reading, be sure to find me and say hello!