Grace Lin sure knows how to throw a party. Arts and crafts, books, a raffle for amazing artwork, cupcakes galore, beautiful fruit trees with pineapple flowers, and a mix of incredibly beautiful kind people. There was one small room where older children could learn how to make colorful tissue paper flowers and the younger children could have fun coloring. A second room was set up to take a look at Grace's books and see Grace's display of gorgeous pictures for the raffle to benefit Robert's Snow. And let me tell you, it's one thing to see the lovely pictures on her blog, it's another to actually see it in person. The pictures on the blog do not do her artwork justice. At all. There was this one picture of a little girl surrounded by brilliant colored flowers that just called my name. Absolutely, absolutely stunning.
Then in the main room, people gathered to meet Grace and get their books signed. I recognized Grace, Eisha, and Elaine from their pictures on their blogs. Grace looked so lovely and confident; and she was quite the gracious hostess. Grace even came over to give my girls goodie bags, which we later found out included a chocolate rat, an ARC of Year of the Rat, and a pink origami swan. And I was standing right there. But I couldn't even introduce myself.
Then I saw cool Eisha talking to other people...so I couldn't just cut in. Right? And Elaine, there she was looking ever so elegant and kind, and yet, I couldn't even say a quick hello to her. Isn't that sad? It was totally my responsibility to introduce myself to these incredible folk, since I had the advantage of knowing what they looked like from the pictures on their blogs. Instead, I froze.
But middle child came to my rescue. She started to cough a little bit and wanted to walk around for a bit. Then right in between the crafts room and book room, middle child bends over and throws up. Oh yes. And not just once. Twice. This viscous, mucousy junky mess.
I have to assure you Grace, especially since you're flying to San Antonio to see Robert tomorrow and don't want to be bringing him any germs, and anyone else there who was totally grossed out, middle child doesn't have any communicable illnesses. It's just middle child's asthma (and all her week long exposure to the pollen then mold from all the damp air) and extra special talent, mine too by the way, of being able to vomit if we cough just a certain way (just to get rid of all the gunk from the lungs). Seriously.
There were two amazing women who were steadfast in helping me out. I don't know who they were, although I have a feeling one of the helpful women was Grace's sister. All I know is they were really quite understanding and gracious when all I wanted to do was sink into the floor. I can't thank you enough.
And Grace, I hope this didn't send people out the door. I don't think it did, because people were walking by all this excitement to enter the party, but in the chance it did, please let me know, and I'll help set up or clean up at your next book signing. Which reminds me, the girls were very disappointed that they couldn't get your autograph. Since we had to leave in a quick hurry. Without saying thank you. But...I managed to say a quick hello to Eisha. Since I realized I better say hello to someone since we were rushing out. Eisha is just the sweetest!
So I think we managed to make Grace's Birthday, Book and Boston Blogger Party quite memorable. And for the first 20 minutes we were at Grace's party, we had a delightful time. The girls were absolutely wide eyed with all the happenings. I'm sure they'll have fun things to report on Monday to their classmates. They were so disappointed we had to leave. Especially middle child. She felt sooo bad. But the good thing is that she felt so much better after all that mucous was expelled from her system.
Hopefully we won't be shunned from interesting parties in the future. Now if you'll just excuse me, I'll just go hang my head in shame.
Edited to add: If you'd like more juicy party details and fun pictures, go visit Elaine's blog.