Friends and Cake

I love sharing the company of friends and devouring the sweet, creamy goodness of a wedge of cake. When they appear in the same space at the same time–in this case celebrating the launch of my latest book on Sunday, March 28–that’s a perfect day.

One of the Polynesian Paradise board members invited me to talk about I Think I’ll Prune the Lemon Tree and sell and sign copies of my book. He even picked and gathered a half dozen lemons from the tree near our front door and placed them in a bowl on a table in the front of the condo clubhouse.

So there I was, seated at the front of the room, at the table with the lemons and copies of my books at two o’clock on Palm Sunday. Outside, through the glass, I could see children and adults splashing and playing in the pool, framed by palm trees. Inside about thirty-five neighbors and friends sat and stood, fanned across the room before me.

With my husband Tom, older son Nick, and his girlfriend Aida observing in the front row, I had that moment every writer dreams of. I had the rare opportunity to read a few stories from my latest book out loud. I had the chance to talk about why I love to write about the things I do: nature, family, community, and life’s serendipitous moments.

It was a remarkable and unexpected thrill, made possible by the acceleration of vaccinations across the country and in our condo community. Those in attendance even signed and gave me a bottle of bubbly to mark the occasion. Tom and I will pop the cork on that at a later date, just to remember the moment once again.

Without question, we have come a long way in one year. We’ve felt the pain, the losses, and the sadness. We’ve done our best to endure the social retreat. I know this pandemic isn’t over, but the numbers of cases and deaths have diminished. Life is better now. Thanks to science and the availability of vaccines, we’ve begun to reemerge.

It sure feels great to see friends and to socialize again … and to eat cake.

4 thoughts on “Friends and Cake

  1. Loved hearing you read and seeing/feeling the warm response from your audience!

    On Mon, Mar 29, 2021 at 7:14 AM Mark Johnson Stories wrote:

    > Mark Johnson posted: ” I love sharing the company of friends and devouring > the sweet, creamy goodness of a wedge of cake. When they appear in the same > space at the same time–in this case celebrating the launch of my latest > book on Sunday, March 28–that’s a perfect day. ” >

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  2. Writing is hard work, both in terms of process and emotional ups and downs. Sometimes your friends and family just don’t understand. That’s why it’s so important to celebrate the launch of a book; either with a bottle of bubbly or a cake. A book launch party is also a perfect opportunity to showcase your work, your quirks, and talk about some of the dramatic highlights that happen behind the scenes. Now you can show the people closest to you there’s a method to your madness, but that you also appreciate their patience and faith. Cheers and have a good day. AiVA 🙂

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