Good news

by Jennifer on August 10, 2008

Both girls squealed.

“!!!” one said, in the language that little girls understand, a language that isn’t forgotten even after almost three months of summer.

“!!!!!” the other answered, and they both ran toward each other and into a hug that was sweeter than a great big banana split.

“Are you in this class?” Girl asked her friend.

“Yes! Wanna sit next to me?”

With their new teacher’s help, they arranged it all, sorting out who would sit where. Neither girl stopped smiling the whole time we were in the classroom. We were there for Meet the Teacher, though Girl did more See Old Friends than meeting her second grade teacher. When she discovered that her very best friend G from first grade, would also be in her class, that was the cherry on the banana split.

It was a day of good news for my girl, and she’s mentioned all of it no less than a dozen times over the weekend. Sometimes, good news gets sweeter the more we share it.

Today I got to call a few people in my life with some good news. The reaction from them was just what I hoped for and–honestly–it wasn’t so different from the big dish of happy that I saw between my girl and her friend a couple of days ago, though the words were a little more grown up and the squealing took the form of equivalent grown-up exclamations.

Here’s the news: Today I got an email from Laura Mayes, one of the co-founders of kirtsy. I don’t know if you all have heard (I’m guessing a lot of you have) that the editors of kirtsy are creating a book?

This is what the kirsty blog says about it:

Thatโ€™s right! A very lovely kirtsy book is in the process of being created…The hardcover trade book will be a celebration of womenโ€™s voices, writings, art, design, ideas, discoveries and discussions online. It will feature some of the greatest things weโ€™ve seen on kirtsy over the last year and be distributed across North America, and available for purchase any place fine books are sold. It will be beautiful.

And here’s my big guess what: The editors selected one of my posts from June to appear in the book! I wish I could sound all cool and savvy and sophisticated about this, or that I could stop using exclamation marks, but I can’t! (See?)

I can hardly wait to find out who else will appear in the book. I think the kirtsy editors are creating something wonderful, a project that is on the pulse of what bloggers and writers and photographers and designers are putting out there right now. I send them my enthusiastic congratulations, also, for making the book happen. It has to be thrilling for everyone involved.

Also, I have to thank Kyran Pittman for her part in all of this. Back in June, she selected the post to appear as an Editor’s Pick on the Mind, Body, Sprit page of kirtsy (She’s their Mind, Body & Spirit editor. She also writes at Notes to Self, among other places–including her recent feature in Good Housekeeping). I didn’t mention it here back then, as thrilled as I was, but I can’t resist letting you in on it now.

I might be past those first moments of giddy ohmygods, but the high lingers. And the gratitude. The news is all yummy and sticky and sweet right now, and for today–at least–I don’t feel much older than seven.

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Kellie Clem August 10, 2008 at 8:17 pm


And let the Happy Back to School dance start right about 7:55….Ah…Bliss ๐Ÿ™‚

suburbancorrespondent August 10, 2008 at 8:29 pm

Congratulations! It is so rewarding to get some tangible, well, reward for your efforts. It doesn’t happen much in our lives as SAHM’s. I get paid a mere 50 dollars when the homeschooling mag buys one of my essays; but when I get that check, I can hardly bear to cash it. Because it says to me, “You did something! You’re real!”

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anymommy August 10, 2008 at 8:53 pm

Congratulations! Squealing and hugging you from here. Really wonderful – and your writing deserves the accolades.

TX Poppet August 10, 2008 at 9:24 pm

Congratulations! I’m virtually hugging, jumping up and down and squealing with you.

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Louise August 10, 2008 at 9:32 pm

How unbelievably exciting!!! Can you hear me squeal???? I’m SO happy for you!!!!!

(I’m also trying to make you feel better about your exclamation marks!!!! I think I sound like Dora the Explorer about now!!!!!) ๐Ÿ˜‰

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McSwain August 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm


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flutter August 10, 2008 at 11:10 pm

I KNOW!! I am loving this time for you. You deserve it

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JCK August 10, 2008 at 11:57 pm

OH, JENNIFER!!! This is SO exciting! I am thrilled and happy for you. As Flutter says, you SO deserve this wonderful thing. You are a glorious writer. Can’t wait until the book comes out! Huge cyber hugs your way!

dragonfly August 11, 2008 at 1:14 am

That’s great…for you and your girl! ๐Ÿ™‚

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Jan August 11, 2008 at 4:58 am

Oh, congratulations! I am thrilled for you!

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Treasia August 11, 2008 at 5:58 am

Congratulations Jennifer. They could not have chosen someone any more talented than you.

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Csquaredplus3 August 11, 2008 at 6:03 am

Congratulations! I’ve only recently found your site – only been blogging for a few months – and had never heard of Kirtsy. Sounds very exciting!

Congratulations again…


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Kate August 11, 2008 at 6:14 am

Congratulations! That is awesome!

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Autumn August 11, 2008 at 7:33 am

Congratulations!!! enjoy the high- that is fantastic news!

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melissa August 11, 2008 at 8:04 am

Hooray for you! I’ll drink to that!

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Ann August 11, 2008 at 8:09 am

!!! and !!!!!!

CONGRATS!!! I loved that post, what a great choice! I’m so thrilled for you, Jennifer – how wonderful!

Manic Mommy August 11, 2008 at 8:21 am

You’re going to be published!!! How wonderful!
You deserve every single one of those exclamation points!

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Lisa August 11, 2008 at 8:43 am

“!!!!!!!!!” That just rocks!!!!

I pray my daughter is excited about her class–we find out which teacher and which kids tomorrow…

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Jenn @ Juggling Life August 11, 2008 at 8:49 am

Congratulations! This is so well-deserved!

Suzanne August 11, 2008 at 9:09 am

I am so incredibly PROUD of you…..this is a long overdue reward for the wonderful writing that we are lucky to read each day……now you will very deservedly reach a wider audience.

Super congrats! And hugs!

Daryl August 11, 2008 at 9:53 am

So COOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tina August 11, 2008 at 10:42 am

That’s fantastic! And well deserved. Congratulations…

dysfunctional mom August 11, 2008 at 11:14 am

Congrats, and that was a great post for them to choose! I too love the night sky…and floating.

Mark Salinas August 11, 2008 at 11:26 am

Congratulations! Very nice!

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Mrs. Schmitty August 11, 2008 at 12:50 pm

Congratulations!! That is YOUR banana split with TWO cherries!

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ByJane August 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm

Yeah Yeah Yeah!!!!! Incredibly cool and–hey–well deserved.

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david mcmahon August 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm

Jennifer, that’s such wonderful news. But no, I’m not surprised. Not at all.


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RiverPoet August 11, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Publication always feels so decadent, doesn’t it? Congratulations!!!

Peace – D

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Denise August 11, 2008 at 8:07 pm

Congratulations! And well deserved!

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Milena August 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

it was only a matter of time that something like this should happen to a writer as wonderful as you. I am not even remotely surprised. And I feel so proud of you. Once I’m back in Houston, I will catch up with everything I’ve been missing out on your blog posts. Forgive the long absences and congratulations Jennifer dear.

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we_be_toys August 11, 2008 at 8:22 pm

Congratulations on being included in that book – you’re a wonderful writer and deserve that giddy, squealy feeling!

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Sandy (Momisodes) August 11, 2008 at 9:09 pm

Wow!!! Congratulations! That is wonderful news ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t think of a blogger more worthy of being published. Fabulous!

Stacie August 12, 2008 at 6:03 am

So well deserved!! WAAA HOOO!!! Your writing should be recognized…that post is especially beautiful. Wow! What an honor!

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tysdaddy August 12, 2008 at 8:27 am

Way to go, Jennifer. I’ll keep my eye out for that volume.

You are an excellent writer, and I’m pleased others are recognizing that fact as well.


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Lennie August 12, 2008 at 8:44 am

Great news; congrats! I know how you feel because I went through something similar when I was chosen to be in a cookbook a few years ago. Even though I was an established editor and magazine writer, it was my first time in a book that would be sold in bookstores everywhere and I was over the moon at being chosen. You feel giddy and humbled and you are both embarrassed at letting everyone know how happy you are and at the same time you want to shout it from the rooftops! I’m very happy for you!!!

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Crazycath August 12, 2008 at 10:30 am

Fantastic stuff! And about time!
That use of exclamation marks is contagious!!!!!!!!!!

I am so excited for you!
Go Jennifer!


*kicks heels*
(metaphorically speaking. I so WISH I could kick heels)

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Madge August 12, 2008 at 3:52 pm

I’m still verklempt!!!! Late to commenting but damn proud of you.

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Jules~ August 12, 2008 at 11:26 pm

Jennifer, that is so wonderful. Congratulations.

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Kimberly August 13, 2008 at 7:13 pm

Oh, I love that post! Congrats!

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manager mom September 2, 2008 at 6:43 pm

Wow…congrats! You will have to let us know when the book comes out. And you will have to autograph my copy. ๐Ÿ™‚

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