Big Shoes to Walk In…

Tomorrow I head out to Disney World, Orlando for the 18th National Conference on Family Literacy (NCFL). It will be so cool to speak to some 1500 educators and volunteers who are making a difference in this country, helping families connect to books and education and improving their chances for success in life. It’s humbling and exciting to be with those who are having such an impact. I’ve been talking by phone to this great woman, Emily Kirkpatrick, who is the VP of the National Center on Family Literacy and she is so psyched for this gathering that it’s contagious. My eight year-old daughter asked me if I’d be reading my books to Mickey Mouse or any of the others at Disney World. I had to explain that this event is actually happening in a big hotel on the property and I doubted I would run into Cinderella or any of the Pixar folks, but I’d be on the look out. Anyway, thinking about what I want to say to these inspiring people it got me tuned into those who have impacted my life. Teachers, parents, girlfriends (OK, a first kiss is transformative, even if it was with a neighbor when we were both in third grade!), writers, musicians. So…who’s inspired you? Let me know and in the mean time, wish me luck…last year Anna Quindlen spoke to the NCFL. Talk about big shoes, yikes!

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