Our younger brother Tod's newest book hit the stores yesterday. We love Tod (and we love Lee, who also has new books coming out to rave reviews!) and we're so proud of him. I'm so, So, SO proud of him that when his first book came out in 2000, I read it then quickly responded with a defiant,"It's Stupid!"
If that doesn't express an abundance of sisterly love, I don't know what does. I just could not get excited about a character named Lonnie. I couldn't get over the fact that my own brother who is usually irritated by the exact things that irritate ME, even named his character Lonnie. Tod sort of shrugged off my comment and I figured he just thought I was being me~ the sister who has no problem saying what she does or doesn't like (especially when she means to say You are awesome! I am so proud of you!). Karen would be nicer.
A few days later there was a big party in honor of Tod and his book. I had no intention of ever repeating my opinion of Tod's masterpiece numero uno in public and would've been the adoring older sister who kept her mouth shut. As the evening progressed and the alcohol flowed freely, a white haired older man approached the table where the Goldberg-Woods-Dinino family huddled beneath a heat lamp. He loudly demanded to know which sister said the book was stupid. Gulp. The rooftop where everyone was bowing at Tod's feet suddenly went quiet. Hmmmm....I guessed Tod hadn't really just shrugged off my comment as he pointed his finger at me. ME, his older yet much shorter sister. I knew my older yet taller sister was not going to step in and save me, this time. Lee sat there with a this is going to be good look on his face. From the corner of my eye I caught Tod's wife and the insult my husband again why don't you glare she was flashing me. I think I even recall my husband scooting backwards to avoid the confrontation. Um, yeah, that was me. For what seemed like an eternity, an old man- who lived in a guest house where he held secret support group meetings for writers - lambasted me for having an opinion that was not the same as his.
A lot has happened since that night. I've learned to preface my "it's stupid" comments with encouragement (but, just for the record, Tod hates any graphic I make that includes my own handwriting, so we're even). And now that we're about to be in the same self promotion boat Tod and Lee have been sailing, I get why it is so important to not be told your book is stupid by the people you expect to fill you with love and support.
It's a long weekend...go buy a book by one of our brothers and pre-order our book so you'll be able to capture the wonderful moments of your own life in mixed media (and lots of your own handwriting).
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