Monday, March 3, 2008
On Friday Lily, Sabrina and I attended the launch of this year's Bellerive (the Honors college's literary publication). I have one poem published in it and decided it would be fun to show off Lily and listen to the guest speaker.
The speaker this year was Richard Newman a very good poet who is also editor of River Styx (a prominant literary journal based in St. Louis). I was lucky enough to get a seat on the couch, was eating some yummy finger foods, and chatting with Sabrina as Mr. Newman (who was sitting in a chair next to the couch) was preparing to speak. At some point in the three minutes preceding Newman's speech, Lily grabbed a hold of his index finger and kept it, just holding his hand (though I didn't notice), as she watched the people mingling.
Dean Bliss introduced Newman and I was surprised to find that Newman did not extricate himself from Lily's grasp.. "I was going to stand up for this speech, but as you can see that is not possible..." then he said something quite cute about how nice it was to have someone to hold his hand for his speech and continued to sit like that until, about 3-4 minutes later, Lily let go of his finger and found other amusements.
Happily, there were photographers present, who took about a million photos of this cute event. I can't wait to get them and show them to you.
It seems little Lily has had her first taste of stardom. She seemed to enjoy it and happily shared her enthusiasm with everyone who greeted her. We were at the launch for about 2 hours and many, many people came up to me amazed. She never even got a little crabby-- events like Friday remind me (though I never really forget) how lucky I got with Lily. She's truly amazing
Sorry I don't have a pic of the launch yet... will get it up asap.