Saturday, June 30, 2012

Friday/Saturday Wrap

What a wonderful week.  The girls and I had two great days on Washington/Boott Spur and North Doublehead.

I'm editing two manuscripts; I finished the first drafts of both over a year ago, but the marketing for Up: A Mother and Daughter's Peakbagging Adventure and the very fulltime job of homeschooling have kept me extremely busy during the past few months.  We still have press and interviews coming out over the next four months publicizing Up, but the pace is slowing down a bit and I now have time to get the other manuscripts ready for submission.  My agent has both first drafts and is very positive about what she sees, so I hope to publish another book or two in the not-too-distant future.

Life is returning to normal -- though, in truth, I never let our lives feel odd or strange to the girls.  I've kept most of their routines intact throughout the publication of Up (kids need structure), and though they're happy about their accomplishments and are having fun with the talks we now routinely give, they're humble about the attention they receive.  There's a difference between being proud of yourself and thinking you're better than others.  My daughters understand that difference, thank goodness.  I've met many an adult who doesn't.

I'm off to prepare for a talk we're giving to a group of 5-8 year olds on Tuesday.  I love giving talks to kids!!  We're looking forward to this.  :)

Have a good weekend, folks.


cliffmama said...

Kudos to you for teaching them that "There's a difference between being proud of yourself and thinking you're better than others." When my kids did some modeling way back when they were little, I always tried to keep the perspective that they were doing a job... it was exciting to be on TV and on their favorite show (Blues Clues), but it wasn't because they were better than others, it was because they had a job and matched what the producers were looking for. In one case, my kid got the job on Blues Clues because they were looking for kids who got frustrated trying to zipper their jackets. I used that as the example that you could be the cutest & brightest kid, but that didn't mean you'd get the job if you didn't match what they were looking for.

Patricia Ellis Herr, Alexandra Herr, and Sage Herr said...

Cliffmama, that's awesome that your kid got the job for Blues Clues. Even more awesome that you reinforce such a practical and humble attitude. :) Do your children still act or model?