As our book's official pub date hit October 2, I found myself teetering a bit, not sure if I'm really ready yet to set free this work we have devoted ourselves to for the past three years. It feels a little like letting your toddler cross the street alone for the first time, holding your breath, hopeful they land safely. This morning, I pause to breathe it all in, while reading a newspaper article about the book's debut. This week Griefland also hit the Seattle Times, compiled 20 five star Amazon reviews (!), and got a nod of endorsement from Maria Shriver (who will highlight our story later this month on her website). I also made eye contact with friends and fans at The Big Fresno Fair, and the week culminated with a wonderful signing event at the Palatine Building. Sandwiched betwen it all was a pair of interviews - one on television, one for radio. Fave moments of the week - a spontaneous lunch with Robin Fox, a member of the Cemetery Club, having my 86 year old mom by my side at the book signing, and a moment during the radio interview when the attention shifted from the book to "what was your son, Alex, like?" In that moment, I saw my wonder boy in his Superman cape, smiling ear to ear, twirling in the sunlight! In so many ways, he's remained by my side throughout this writing journey. Those makeshift wings now seem to adorn the book, as it takes flight.
More than anything, I am grateful for the many women who are showing up to share their incredible stories with us. To Barbara, Terri, Debra, Kathy, Liz,Celie, Robin....welcome.