I came. I saw. I left tomatoes.
I didn’t want to say anything earlier because it was to be a surprise, but I spent the last three weeks crocheting tomatoes (and one tomato hornworm) to try to convey my appreciation to all the people in NY who have been putting the books together over the years. I actually had to make the pattern from one that makes a squash, but it wasn’t hard to adapt, and the green top is actually a starfish curled in on itself and stuck on. They also make a great stress reliever and are guaranteed not to contain the T4 Angel virus. I might make a six-pack of tomatoes still on the vine for my mom, (who watched the house, the boy, and the dogs while we were gone) and then I think I’m done with them–for a while. -laugh-
But New York was fabulous. I am a small-town girl, so having a room that overlooked Times Square was good in more ways than one. It was mostly tourists down there, but I could sit and watch it, become more accustomed to the energy before I ventured down into it. This is my third time to NY. It gets better every time, and after a few hikes with my editor, I think I might be starting to lose that awful “tourist walk” and move with a smidgen of grace through crowded streets and busy intersections.
The mass author signing was great, and I love the Avon signings where they give away free books for two hours. All you can carry, and they brought boxes. Lunches, dinners, parties with people I knew and introductions to people I’ve worked with and never met: success. I also got a few ideas for a stronger direction of thought and action for my next 12 months of work. That right there made it worth it if the rest hadn’t evolved the way it did.
But yes, it feels good to be back home watching the neighborhood kids messing around with their bikes and ipods, the collage-bound kids heading off to run with buds a few more times, the neighborhood dogs patrolling with their humans, and the sun slowly arching its way across my garden–life unfolding with the slow, momentum-heavy pace of a spacious wheel. I can almost hear it.