2 hours from now – I will sit on my couch and write an introduction for the honored guest who will visit the sweetest little school by the sea tomorrow morning.
3 hours from now – I will write questions to ask her if she agrees to sit with me for a podcast.
5 hours from now I will set my alarm for very early, lay out my clothes, and pack my bag. I want to be ready for the morning.
12 hours from now – I will wake up, shower and drive to the hotel.
13 hours from now – I will call at the lobby for the distinguished guest. The PTO vice president will deliver the banner she has painted to welcome our guest to the auditorium where she will speak.
14 hours from now – teachers and staff will welcome this amazing woman into our school, to our library where books she has written and illustrated adorn the shelves and tables.
15 hours from now – I will introduce her to the students of this beautiful seaside school and watch the magic light up in all 340 students’ eyes as this masterful storyteller weaves her tale of strength, courage and resilience. They will laugh. Some of us will cry. We will pinch ourselves that greatness has come to see US! We will all see something of ourselves in this woman. Teachers will be moved. Dignitaries will too. And most importantly students will understand the incredible wonder that is an author they love. And the power of what their dreams can create. They will come to see that they too are genius.
“Genius is neither learned nor acquired.
It is knowing without experience.
It is risking without fear of failure.
It is perception without touch.
It is understanding without research.
It is certainty without proof.
It is ability without practice.
It is invention without limitations.
It is imagination without boundaries.
It is creativity without constraints.
It is…extraordinary intelligence!”
― Patricia Polacco