Our campus common reading program started 10 years ago, when Harry was 2. A the first author reception before the first keynote event, a political science professor that I admire brought her daughter, and I thought Oh how awesome! Maybe someday I will be able to bring a kid with me who has read the book, too. At the time, on the cusp of my thirties, with a toddler and a baby at home, this seemed really, really far away.
And then. Last night.
The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Milwaukee journalist Dan Egan. He has been super stoked about the chancellor's author reception and the keynote speech, and last night, he was my plus one for both.
We skulked around the corners of the fancy reception eating desserts and drinking (decaf) coffee and just as we were about to follow a few water science grad students over to Egan (who had his teenage daughter in tow) for a signature in Harry's book, the program coordinators hustled him off to prepare for his talk.
So Harry got a milkshake to go with his reception Sprites.
I was so proud! And I could not even believe that the child who could barely talk when the Go Big Read program began is old enough to participate in the program, read the book, and ask the author a question.
I can't wait for next year-- Jack wants to give the book a try, too, whatever it turns out to be.