We were there because I’d been invited to give a talk at the 34th Annual Author Luncheon in Daytona, an event organized by the local library board, and more than 100 people showed up. I’ve never given a talk to a crowd of that size, but I wasn’t nervous, surprisingly. I’ve given enough of these talks now to know that nerves and anxiety make for a mumbled, confusing speech. The other thing I’ve learned: It’s not so much what you say that’s important, but try to give the audience something to laugh at (hopefully WITH you, not AT you), otherwise author talks tend to be quite boring (unless you’re JK Rowling or Steven King).
It was a bit nerve wracking, though, having both girls there. Every five minutes, June kept going, “Are we going to the beach yet, Mommy? When are we going to go to the beach? I want to go to the beach now.” Sitting still during a long luncheon with a bunch of grown ups is a struggle for a three year old. And Jake had to leave in the middle of it to go change Katie’s diaper. But both girls did a great job and I loved looking out into the audience while I spoke and seeing June’s little face beaming back up at me. She ran up to me after the talk and jumped into my arms and even managed to squeak a tiny “hello” into the microphone to the audience.
Afterward, it was beach time. We spent the rest of our time in Florida with June’s Grandparents, hanging out on the beach and eating lots of seafood. It was a great week and now I’m glad to be back.