Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Dream big

I like crossword puzzles. It's part of my morning routine and my understanding husband lets me have the weekday ones (he gets the NYTimes Sunday puzzle). So on a school visit early this month, I grabbed a local paper, found the puzzle ... and I was in it!

Okay, it wasn't me personally - but it was still my name. And it made me wonder - what do I really consider success? Do I want to be so commonly known that my name really is a crossword clue someday?

I actually found at least part of my answer later that day. As I walked down the hallway of the school I was visiting, I heard whispers following me down the hall - "It's the author lady!", "Hi, Valerie!", "I like your books..." And the smiles and the laughter and the hugs and the funny ideas and creative surprises continued on all day.

You know, that's good enough for me.

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