The launch day!
I wander around the house a bit, just to make sure nothing has changed. It hasn’t. Outside, I hear the back door of Janelle and Aaron’s house slam, as the two of them meet their friends in the alley and head to school. Just like every other day.
I put a pot of water on and sit in the kitchen near the window, listening to the ker-thunk of Aaron’s basketball as he bounces it down the pavement until the sound fades, replaced by the sharp whistle of our old tea-pot. It bubbles over now, steam and hot water sneaking out from tiny thin spots near the lid. Might be time to go kettle shopping soon.
There’s a lot to do today. But I don’t have it in me right now. Today is the day we’ve waited a very long time for, a day when the story of our journey and transformation will finally be out there. Good or bad, liked or not. Today is the day.
But even though this is a dreams-are-made-of kind of day, I’m feeling mellow and sort of unmotivated, oddly. Calm before the storm? Our summer is certainly beginning to fill up with events and presentations from so many kind and generous folks who have asked to hear our story. I’m so grateful for that.
And in many ways, today is the beginning of a new adventure for Buffalo and Tough Cookie. We’ll spend time in the car. We’ll meet new people. We’ll visit New England in a way we haven’t before. I hope there’s going to be some mountaintops in there as well!
So, for now, on launch day – on a day it feels like I have literally waited my whole life for – the best I can manage is thank you. Thank you to all our fans and supporters who kept us going, who cheered us on, who tuned in out of concern and love and encouragement. Thank you to both our families, who trusted that this quest would be empowering and life changing. Thank you to the amazing New Hampshire hiker community who we used everyday for advice and who we have come to befriend.
Thank you to Aaron, my greatest fan, who gave me to his sister without hesitation and who cheered our every step. Thank you to Meenakshi, whose patience is a super-power and who still allows me to read to her before going to sleep.
And thank you Tough Cookie, my Alice, my Dorothy. My muse.
I want to thank you all in person, and shake each of your hands. I hope I get the chance to do so. Starting today.
We will be at Gibson’s Bookstore in Concord, tonight at 7p.m. This is it. We made it. Let’s celebrate!