Our society often falls prey to celebrity worship. We idolize those who grace the red carpet, and, even worse, we hang onto their every word.
Words are powerful.
Whether film icons or musicians, celebrities have a lot to tell the world. But first and foremost they are human beings, and that makes them like the rest of us ordinary folk — flawed. Their words, even if well-meaning, can be tainted with strange ideas that sway the mesmerized public.
And then there are authors. Masters of the written word.
Although they’re also flawed human beings, they sure don’t get as much attention as they deserve. With the exception of authors such as J.K. Rowling, our culture generally doesn’t acknowledge these wordsmiths the way they ought to be acknowledged.
Many, many authors are the unsung rockstars.
This week has been extraordinary. A few days ago, an author of children’s books came to visit Ari’s school and talk about how he grew to love reading and about writing. Ari came home gushing with excitement about Aaron Reynolds, author of Chicks and Salsa among others. Ari remembered a lot of what Reynolds imparted to the elementary school students. I could tell she was mesmerized by a “real life” author speaking to her and her peers.
Last year at this time, Ari hated reading, thanks to her Steroid School. It broke my heart, as I have so wanted her to share my love of reading. Sure, we went to libraries and bookstores, but nothing seemed to ignite in her a passion for books.
Until Aaron Reynolds, that is.
When we found out Reynolds was doing a meet-and-greet book signing at our local library a couple of days later, we just had to go. I picked Ari up from school, and we made a beeline for the library, as we squealed in delight. As soon as Ari saw him at a desk signing a book for another child, she started jumping up and down.
As we moved up in line, I looked around and was so touched to see so many children in happy anticipation of meeting this author. He connected well with kids of various ages. Ari’s eyes kept staring at him in disbelief that she would be face to face with someone so cool.
Finally, her moment came. He chatted with her and signed her book. It was a pure moment, a moment Ari and I won’t forget.
Aaron Reynolds is a true rockstar, for there is nothing more important than igniting a spark in the mind of a child.
Have you been to a book signing?
If so, how was it?
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