Before I was published, I thought that on release days all authors sat around in their silk pjs and ate caviar and drank champagne. Later that same day, the author and their friends and family would be flown by private jet to NYC and treated to a huge release party in a posh roof-top restaurant somewhere in Manhattan while adoring fans eagerly lined up outside waiting to purchase the new book.My book, THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS, came out yesterday. I didn’t get to wear silk pjs (too hot for Florida) and no one offered to fly me to New York (though I would have gone). Instead, I spent the morning doing online publicity and the rest of the day sitting in the vet’s office with my 16 year old cat (aka Cat), who is not dying as she thought, but merely has a bladder infection. That was about it.
As I said, that’s not really the way I envisioned the whole ‘release day’ thing. I’d always envisioned it as ‘special,’ and it IS special, even though Cat’s pleas had me parked at the vet’s for most of the day.The reality of life is that there are many, many real-life special, to-be-savored moments. The problem with most of them is that truly important moments rarely come rat-tat-tatting up in glass slippers. Instead, they tip-toe barefooted through the tall grasses of your life, so quiet that you can miss them if you blink.
When I was younger, I missed a lot of those special times, but growing up teaches us to savor life, to grab those special moments and put them in our Memory Treasure Box for later. Here are a few special moments that still make me smile:*The day I cooked my mother’s favorite meatloaf and realize that somehow along the way I’d not only memorized her recipe, but I’d improved it.
*The smell and feel of my baby’s skin fresh from her bath.
*Looking up from a book and finding the man I love smiling at me over the top of his book.
Those are just a few of the special times that I love to remember. Each time I do, my heart grows a little lighter, and my smile a little wider.Later this week when things are calmer, Hot Cop and I are going to celebrate the release of THE TAMING OF A SCOTTISH PRINCESS. We may turn on the grill, sip a little wine, and hold hands while we watch a movie. Or we may go out with some friends and try a new restaurant and share some laughs. I can promise you one thing, though: no matter what we do or where we go, at least once during the night we’ll look across the table and smile at each other, which will make the evening truly special.
What special moments have meant the most to you? What little slices of time still make you smile in the quiet of the night?