We keep having this conversation when meeting people at events or through friends:
Friend: Jane, these are my friends Karen and Linda. They have a book on art journaling coming out soon!
Us: Hi, nice to meet you!
Jane: What is a journal?
We exchange the what did she just ask? glance at each other and time stops. It is similar to what happens when our senile grandmother asks us when we'll be visiting her in Seattle when we are in Seattle. In my head, I scream, WHAT IS A JOURNAL?! WHAT IS A JOURNAL?! Are you for REAL? as I whack the person on the head with my journal, just like Ally McBeal would. I can NOT understand how an educated 30-something year old person does not know what a journal is. Ok, art might be confusing to some people, but JOURNAL? Oh no, this dialog is not limited to conversations over dinner in the suburbs. We were asked this question by a few people at the Festival of Books. Yes, people, at the Festival of BOOKS asked us what a journal IS. It is not lost on me that people probably have a similar reaction when they learn I can not swim. But, swimming was not taught in third grade as vocabulary was. AND, Oprah never dedicated shows to gratitude swimming, as she did for gratitude journals.
n. A personal record of occurrences, experiences, and reflections kept on a regular basis; a diary.
*Note to our publicist who will eventually see this: I am pretty sure the people buying our book are not the same people who don't know what a journal is.
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