The last week of school is always so overflowing. It was particularly so this year as my youngest graduated from high school the weekend before. Not only was I closing out my own class of 5th graders, I was also closing out my role as parent in our district.
I was happy that I found time to add just one more thing though. One of my partners mentioned that our local bookstore was hosting an author she loved and she didn’t want to go alone. I really didn’t have time for it until she said it was the author of ‘Griffin and Sabine’. I was instantly transported back to the first years of marriage and that magical book of letters and art. The first book had just been published and I shared a fascination for the series with my new mother in law. How could I not find time?
So, my teammate, my husband and I spent a delightful evening reintroducing ourselves to Griffin and Sabine, and meeting the author who brought them to life, Nick Bantock. He was superbly engaging – perhaps due to his British accent – and we loved his methods of writing. In order for him to fully immerse himself in each character, he had two entirely different locations to write and draw from. What a way to truly surrender to a character. If you haven’t had a chance to read his books, treat yourself.
And to top off the evening, we grabbed some gelato and slowly wandered home in the almost summer warmth, making a short detour to hear our neighborhood owl serenade. It’s not so bad to squeeze in one more thing in a busy week.