Contrary to what the title says, this post is actually not about Star Wars, but as I have never once in my 34 years ever thought that this indeed was "Star Wars Day," even with my super geeky fanatic husband, I thought it was still a perfect title.
So no, this post is not about Star Wars, but yet again about my little sister's beautiful book, Any Day a Beautiful Change.
Last night I got to go to Katherine's book reading, my very first book reading. It was, cool. She was introduced by David Hassler, whom considers himself the reason the book was written as he was responsible for their meeting. Perhaps a joke, but an inspiration to Katherine to say the least.
Then we got down to the reading.
I stood in the back, quietly snapping photos, and looked at the faces of the listeners. Great big grins at times, only to be traded with eyes welling up with tears at other moments. I shared those grins and tears. When I read it the first time, the second time, the third time, and when I heard my sister read her own words. They are powerful. And helpful. And beautiful.
Questions came next, one from Maj Ragain, her old poetry teacher, whether she was still writing poems. She sheepishly answered, no, they didn't come as often. But later, after a particularly moving chapter, he spoke up and said, "No. You still write poetry."
This book is poetry.
Then came another question from the audience. "Do you feel you have aired out all the cobwebs, or do you think there are still more to come?"
Katherine replied, with perfect comedic timing, "This is my father." Chuckles ensued.
I am so glad she wrote this book. And I know you may get tired of me saying it, but it is my job as the dutiful older sister, to tell you as often as I can, you must read this book. You will love this book. So thank you Ben, the ginger haired boy, for telling Katherine "You should write about us."
I'm so glad she did. And for those of you wondering, and asking "Now it is your turn (to write a book)" I will say, no, I'm just happy standing in the back taking the photos.