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I enjoyed three, very different, 'Savor the Moment' moments over the weekend.

The first came on Saturday afternoon, as I drove up the NJ Turnpike, on my way back from an event in Cherry Hill. One of those car transport thingies blew a tire, just as I overtook it on the outside lane.

What was left of the tire smacked into my car, but instead of veering out of control, and squashing me against the concrete barrier o
n the outside lane, the driver kept his cool and pulled over to the breakdown lane. There was no damage, aside from some scratched paintwork, along with some rubber markings on the passenger window and down the length of my car. I consider it a lucky break, and definitely worth savoring.

The second moment came later, during
a multi-author signing at B&N store in Holmdel. A young reader, named Kim, who I think was nine or ten years old, came up to me shortly after buying a signed copy of Fur-Face. She said, "I just finished the first chapter, I'm enjoying it so far."  You can't beat reader feedback, right?

The third, and best, moment, came on the Sunday, when Senior Management brought my daughters to the Pawsitively Animals event at the library in Manalapan. I don't think the girls expected to see me there - they've certainly never seen their dear old dad in Loudmouth Author mode before. I got a big hug from both of them before the eldest shouted, "We loves daddy!"

A great way to end a week.



How about you?

What was your last 'Savor the Moment' moment?

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msstacy13
Sep. 25th, 2013 04:14 pm (UTC)
When I got the letter saying the Presbyterian pastor was leaving.
It was an answer to prayer I hadn't expected.
jongibbs
Sep. 25th, 2013 04:18 pm (UTC)
Those kind of answers are always the best :)
paulwoodlin
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:56 am (UTC)
The last two ministers my parents have had to tolerate (as United Methodists) were very conservative ministers who only became ministers because their original congregations wouldn't allow women to become ministers.
temporus
Sep. 25th, 2013 05:14 pm (UTC)
Love the third one.

You know, it never occured to me to ask before. I know your son has the British accent. What about the girls? Or did they come over here too young for that to stick?
jongibbs
Sep. 25th, 2013 05:41 pm (UTC)
They were nine, but had very little vocabulary back then.

Nowadays, they seem to go from English to American. One minute I'm 'Daddy', next thing I know they've added a vowel and I become 'Dee-addy' :)
snapes_angel
Sep. 26th, 2013 12:00 am (UTC)
I don't remember my last one, but my next one will be when I'm finally done (at least for a short time) with all these freaking doctor's appointments.

Edited at 2013-09-26 12:00 am (UTC)
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2013 08:06 am (UTC)
Certainly something to look forward to, Elizabeth :)
snapes_angel
Sep. 26th, 2013 03:58 pm (UTC)
Yep.
ladysaotome
Sep. 26th, 2013 12:53 am (UTC)
Those are such great moments! My savor moments tend to revolve around my munchkin.
jongibbs
Sep. 26th, 2013 08:08 am (UTC)
Any particular moment stand out, Kat?
paulwoodlin
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:57 am (UTC)
When my parents and I visit my nephews and niece, it does feel like the rest of the world is put on hold to watch them.
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jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Lol, some savor the moments retain their savoriness for a long time afterwards ;)

Thanks for sharing, Sue :)
paulwoodlin
Sep. 27th, 2013 05:55 am (UTC)
1: when I dead lifted 155 kg
2: when I finished a particularly weirdly structured novella
3: when I walked into my class yesterday and my students applauded; but it turned out that my arrival forced another teacher to stop scolding them. I got to savor being called "savior."
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2013 08:49 am (UTC)
Lol, I especially like #3 :)
mary_j_59
Sep. 27th, 2013 02:53 pm (UTC)
I guess I have two this week. Last weekend we attended a friend's 25th jubilee at the Abbey where she lives and works. It's a beautiful place (in my hometown), and the whole celebration was wonderful - great food, a lovely walk through the woods, good conversations. And, when we were leaving, one of the sisters gave my sister and me bouquets that had been on the tables.

Then an author whose work I LOVE (Elizabeth Wein) tweeted one of my blog posts!

As to your moments, they outshine mine, especially the last one. That is so sweet! You must have been proud of your girls.
mary_j_59
Sep. 27th, 2013 04:19 pm (UTC)
Oh - one more, just now. About a year ago, I helped a gentleman who had grown up in foster care and was trying to find his family. He found them! He has an uncle living here in town! He and his wife came back and told me!

Sorry for all the exclamation points, but isn't that great? Sometimes it's wonderful to work in a library!
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2013 04:55 pm (UTC)
Wonderful!

Many years from now, when we turn up in the great beyond to have our lives reviewed, I suspect the moments when we did something helpful for other people, just because we could, will carry a great deal of weight with Him/Her Upstairs :)
jongibbs
Sep. 27th, 2013 04:50 pm (UTC)
Excellent moments.

Thanks for sharing, Mary :)
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