I received one of the most startling, albeit joyful, shocks in my life two weeks ago when our Western Washington SCBWI awarded me the first Lifetime Achievement Award during our annual conference at Mariott Hotel in Redmond. It was truly a surreal moment to recieve a standing ovation from over 400 of my dear fellow writers and illustators.
My award included an engraved plaque and clock, and an all expense-paid trip to the national SCBWI conference in LA in August, which I joyfully look forward to.
But what stay in my heart in these days since the conference are those words of love and affirmation spoken by so many of you during the “Sesame Street This Is Your Life” portion of the presentation. Sara Easterly sent me a copy of all of these, as I was too much in shock to take it all in as you were speaking. My heart is warmed each time I read these over.
You give me courage, all of you, as I continue on my writing/teaching journey.
I’ll continue to share some of the joyful moments in late posts.