I know some parents may frown upon kids missing school for a parade, but yesterday, I pulled my son out of school, so the whole family could witness this historic event. Up to that point, he hadn't missed a day, and we certainly don't plan on having him miss anymore. Unfortunately, millions of other people had the same idea, and we couldn't make it to the rally, but my son did manage to see the players roll by, and we had a marvelous feast at Millennium Park.
We also shared our food with other kids and other adults, which made the day even more memorable. That is how awesome the joy and energy was yesterday; plus, it was a perfect day to be out and about. Still, not everyone was celebrating.
There was this one mom whose teenage daughters ditched to go alone somewhere. I said to her, "That is some patent bullshit!" We took pictures of her holding our "Someday is Here" sign, so she could have a memento. She also enjoyed my children. If my kids ever do that to me (and she worked the night shift, so she came in tired to hang out with her biological ingrates), there would be a major reckoning. Major reckoning. I expect my kids to be grateful and put family first.
All in all, it was a marvelous day!
I don't have much else to add about the anthology because it was all about enjoying the day yesterday. I will say that I am planning quite the banquet for tomorrow's lunch with the editor. It's the first time we are meeting to talk about the collection, and I am excited to exchange ideas and talk about future plans. He thinks he can edit it by December, so I can launch it before Christmas. Wait until I tell him about the other novel I am almost done with. (Well, about 100 pages out.)
Here's to being part of history, making someone smile, and planning the best pantry banquet, ever.
Dr. Jesú Estrada,