Saturday, December 3, 2011

By the Minute

The sign!

I go through my life minute by minute because anything could change in a few seconds. Today was the perfect example. It was my book signing for Chicken Soup for the Soul: Devotional Stories for Tough Times, but it was also Katie's SAT test (she's only in 7th grade but she had the opportunity to take it); both of which were scheduled in advance. I thought Pete could help with the kids, but then he had to go out of town on business. So I made arrangements for the boys and prepared to pick up Katie and her friend at Lamar University. I got there early so that no time would be wasted. I waited outside and admired the mild day, grateful that if for some bizarre reason I didn't have time to go home and change, at least I had body spray, water and a cute hat in the car. The girls were supposed to be finished around lunchtime and I had to be clear across town by 1:45. I knew it would be close, but I never imagined how close. Something happened that almost made me miss my own event.

It's really very stupid. When I found out the test wouldn't be over until around 1:15, I went back to my van to get my crossword puzzles... and I locked my keys inside. BUT I didn't realize it until the girls were done. It was 1:20. After wasting five minutes trying to pry the door open, break through the trunk and pop the window, I called the father of Katie's friend. It would take him at least 15 minutes to get there. The girls tried to unlock the door with anything they could find. We bounced the van up and down (as if that would change anything). Where was Superman when we needed him? I'm sure they enjoyed the drama, but I didn't. Everything I had prepared for the book signing was inside my vehicle. I would be going as is, with nothing but me.
Sylvia and me

I called my friend, Sylvia Ney, who was also part of the book signing. She has a story in Chicken Soup for the Soul: Just for Preteens. I told her I'd be there a little late. I finally arrived at 2:05.
Can you tell I took this picture of Jake and me?

I ended up having a great time. Sylvia and I caught up with each other and signed some books. The highlight of the event was finally meeting a fellow writer, Jake Chambers. We took an online writing class a few years ago and have kept up with each other ever since.

After the signing, my dad (my forever superhero) took me to get my car. Thank goodness it was still there without a ticket or dent. What college student wants an old van anyway? I don't know what I was thinking.


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Jake chambers said...

I am so honored to be included in the overall chaos of your day. Glad that I was considered a high point of your afternoon as well. It was good to finally put a voice to the face I have only known of the social media of Facebook. I count today's meeting as one of my highlights and an ultimate conclusion to a otherwise hectic week. Thanks Laurie and I look forward to bouncing ideas off of you and Sylvia.

Laurie Kolp said...

Me, too. Thanks, Jake!

Claudia said...

sounds like a pretty exciting day...i once locked the car key in the car as well but it was only an old VW beetle and it was easy to crack it open.. woohoo on the book signing and love that you call your dad your superhero..

Brian Miller said... the cool on the book that was fun, regardless of being locked out...i am all the time stopping to help people that are locked out...i have become pretty proficient at breaking into cars...i have the funniest story too about a man that helped of the most surreal experiences of my life...

Ed Pilolla said...

i would have been a stressed out mess. i guarantee it.

congratulations on the event and the inclusion in the book. what a great accomplishment. happy for you:)

Sylvia Ney said...

I had such a great time with you yesterday! We have to get together again soon. My own post is up on my site as well if you would like to copy the pics.


oceangirl said...

Congratulations,. What blessing to have a true superhero.

Caty said...

ugh..I've been locked out of my car and house all at the same time...and my cell phone was in the house! I'm glad your day worked out and you had a great time :)

Steve King said...

Congratulations on the signing, Laurie. All in all, it sounds like a great day!!!!

Jeni said...

That's wonderful Laurie. I'm so proud of you :)!

(still waiting to see if my story gets published for the "Messages from Above...." - CSFTS future book)

Love you ~ xoxo