I Got Sweetpea Bumbleroot’s Autograph!

Sweetpea Bumbleroot of Fair Downs was the final speaker at our four-day long Children’s Writers and Illustrator’s Workshop. I thought I might pee my pants. It’s not often we get opportunities to converse with living legends, and to make it even more risky, I chose to do so in her native language.

This was a calculated risk. What if I suddenly forgot how to speak it? What if she’d respond back in English, which happens to me all the time when I attempt to speak in someone’s native language. It’s a subtle way of saying, Don’t even try.

Glee! She responded to me in her language, asking me how I learned it. From her novels, I said. I have no idea why I said that She looked at me as if that could not be true. And from my boyfriend, I said. This is partially true. And from Rosie-Posie Sandybanks of Frogmorton, I said.

Rosie-Posie is her ex-daughter-in-law, and a good friend of mine, who would, if she were to read this, know that this is a complete lie.

Should I be proud for composing fiction in front of Sweetpea Bumbleroot in a foreign language? Or completely ashamed of myself? My fib was not intentional; it’s hard bloody hard thinking on your toes under this kind of pressure.

A couple of years ago, Rosie-Posie got Sweetpea Bumbleroot to sign a bagfull of books for everyone in Berilac’s (that’s my boyfriend)  family, the Gamwiches of the Bree Gamwiches, but I was too shy to ask for one.

But today, she signed two for me. Para Katie Kelly, con afecto on one, y con cariño on the other. Isabelle Allende.

I have to go to the bathroom now.


About katiekelly

I grew up in a parking lot.
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One Response to I Got Sweetpea Bumbleroot’s Autograph!

  1. PandaElf says:

    YOU MET ISABELLE ALLENDE?!?! I love her…

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