You know there are just handful of days in your life that are beyond your wildest imagination; most of them you know beforehand that they are going to be great like your graduation, wedding, having babies, playing Pebble Beach, etc. And most of those days or occasions are made sweeter by the wait and anticipation for maybe even most of your life. This was one of those days that I'd been waiting 25 years for. My oldest son, Lucas, is turning 25 next month and when I was pregnant I decorated his nursery with framed Mary Engelbreit cards. I have loved her art and through her books and magazine and time, have loved her for that long. Today I got not only to see her, sit at the table next to hers at the luncheon, but afterwards she signed things that all of her fans brought with them and took photos with them. Here's one of mine.
Of course the normal folks showed proper respect and reverence toward her and knelt next to her and calmly had their photos taken. You know that's not either my category or style. I leaned my head on her shoulder which was tame as I had threatened my friends with kissing her on the mouth (like I did Clint Eastwood).
I did on a whim however, follow through with my threat to kiss her on the cheek then, here I am whispering in her ear my heartfelt thanks for the blessing of her wonderful art and the beauty she had brought to my life for 25 years. She was very sweet; I think the fact that she could see the tears in my eyes showed her that I was completely sincere and my words had come from deep in my heart.
I know that I am way behind on my trip blogging but I had to post this right away while it's still so fresh and wonderful and amazing. There are many other great stories and photos I'll have to share from the last almost two weeks so stay tuned...this might have been the cherry on top but there are many, many cup cake stories and pics to share as soon as I can.