It’s always a pleasure (for Nora and me) when a baby comes to a signing. We’re veteran child herders so we know that waiting in line with a tired or hungry baby is not always fun for the parent (or grandparent or aunt or uncle or friend) in charge of the baby. But it’s a welcome respite for us.
Many times I’ll see the baby back in line and get a chance for a cuddle. Then, of course, I simply HAVE to show off for Nora who gives me the stink-eye for getting there first.
But I’ll admit Nora’s a baby whisperer and even the crankiest little one calms down when Nana Nora holds him or her. (Though some of them are actually eyeing her jewelry to get something shiny in their fist — or mouth. They are fast and strong and rarely give up without a complaint.)
We ran into two little beauties a couple weeks back. Taylor came with her mom, her aunt, her grandma and great grandma to the Fall into the Story brunch. It was a busy day, but I did snap a couple photos of the four generations with their cameras, and one — a little blurry — with mine.
Fortunately, our good pal Maureen McGowan — a TTP regular and a wonderful photographer — took a few of Nora with the baby for me.
Then there was the adorable Isabelle who brought her mom Katie to the Literacy signing on July 13. Mom waited on the huge line for book and a photo but Miss Isabelle had an agenda of her own. She acquiesced when Nora took her in her arms — for all of 10 seconds. Then she let us all know she was not best pleased and she wanted to be with her mom — NOW!
Fortunately Mom knew what Isabelle really wanted and the next time we looked over she was having a bottle.
We also get to meet some very smart and patient older kids who hang at the signings with their family, let me take their photos and usually walk out with a book (or two) of their own.
It’s always a huge pleasure to know that reading families seed the next generation as early as they can. I think it would be great fun to share those new readers with seasoned vets here on the blog. If you have any photos of your kids or grandkids with Nora, send them to me at LMReeth@gmail.com. Any if you have any anecdotes about their reading habits, please let me know. I hope to share some more photos in the coming weeks.