I’m not a huge “holiday” person. It’s not that I have anything against them but I don’t freak out if I forget one or two. That even goes for my birthday. Sometimes I get a bee in my bonnet and throw together some kind of soiree or special outing (or allow someone to plan one for me) but if the day passes by without much fanfare I’m certainly not going to go into a depression.
But Mother’s Day is different. This is the only holiday that I’ve earned with a capital E. My son is only six so I don’t expect him to buy me a week’s vacation on a cruise ship or anything but he’s smart enough to know that this is a day when he needs to be NICE. Furthermore I actually don’t usually have to remind him. Since he was four he’s been climbing into my bed on Mother’s Day morning with a hug and a present for me.
The first time he did this my gift was a stack of blank paper. “It’s so you can write your Sophie books mommy! Now you can make all your dreams come true!”
Is my kid fabulous or what?
So tomorrow should be good. My son and I have picked out our gift for my mom (I can’t tell you what it is, she reads this) which we will present to her on the family picnic we have planned.
You may not realize it, but all of you have given me a Mother’s Day gift as well: I just got my first royalty check for Sex, Murder And A Double Latte. For those of you who don’t know, royalty checks are what authors get when their book sells better than expected. How much is it? Well it’s enough to cover the costs of some of the rather pricey special programs I wanted to get my son involved in to help him deal with his learning differences. I can’t even tell you how much this means to me. I know this is going to sound contrived but it’s not even exclusively about the money. It’s knowing that you are out there supporting me, buying my books and recommending that your friends do the same. Like my son, you have given me what I need in order to make my dreams come true. So to all my readers, and I mean all of you, whether you bought my book in the States, the UK, Canada, Australia or Italy, thank you! And for all the moms out there: Happy Mother’s Day!
Oh, and just so you don’t think I’m some kind of purely altruistic saint, some of the money will be going toward an outfit to wear to the Book Launch party my publisher is throwing for me in the Hamptons. What can I say; if someone throws you a party in the Hamptons you have a duty to show up looking as fabulous as possible!
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