Not just any elementary, Emmerick is my grandson Ben’s school, in fact that’s his head right under the first O in Holbrook. I had a great time. First, the kids all knew my name (thanks to librarian Elizabeth and all the teachers) and a lot of ground work by the PTO, Cheryl, Marcy and my daughter Kelly. Thank you thank you.
I don’t think that I was too embarrassing for Ben — I refrained from any public displays of affection and only called him Benny once. He seemed okay with the visit.
Kelly talks to schools all over the country and arranges my school visits and book sales, but this is the first time she had ever run the book sale herself. “That’s a lot of work!” was her assessment (and it always is). From now on she is going to recommend that TWO PTO moms run the book sale, particularly if they are also running car pools!
But, getting back to the great time part of the day — what nice kids — and responsive! It was fun to meet Ben’s friends and have lunch with him. I had the opportunity to write with the fourth graders and the teachers were all very involved, writing with the kids and coaching them along. They had been working on color poems and were anxious to share some of those (lucky me).
Tomorrow I drive back to Cleveland and the weather is looking a bit threatening. Hoping that the mountains of PA treat me with as much kindness as the students and faculty of Emerick!