Trying to predict all the possible outcomes can make your head hurt.
The good always comes with the bad.
But then there are times when you have to stand in mouth-gaping amazement. Such as when your kid writes a letter like this:
Dear Miss Emily Arnold McCully,
I met you today at the Book Fair at Ichabod Crane Primary School. I wanted to ask you what is your next book? I really liked meeting you today, but I forgot to ask this question.
I really like the books that you write because they are amazing.
Your friend and fan,
And a few hours later receives this:
Dear Annabel - Wasn't that a great event? I enjoyed meeting you very much. At this moment, I am working on pictures for a book written by a ballerina who was very famous long ago: Allegra Kent. Her story is about a swan who joins a girls' ballet class! It is charming. But books take a long time to be born and it won't come out until 2012 or 2013. Later this summer I will do the pictures for a story of my own: STRONGHEART, The First Movie Star Dog.
I hope you have a great summer, filled with books and drawing and writing -- an playing!
Thanks so much for writing.
- Emily A McC
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