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One of the things I love about writing for children is getting the chance to visit local schools and share my stories with the people I wrote them for.
Yesterday I had the privilege of visiting a local pre-school. I was supposed to go last week on Groundhog Day but we got snowed out and had to reschedule. That's been happening a lot lately... I think I'd best send Phyllis to have a word with the Weather Man!
Luckily, the sun was shining yesterday (even though it was zero!) so Phyllis and I were able to make our way to Millbrook Community Preschool.
Imagine Phyllis's surprise and delight when she discovered that the children had presents for her!
They made her a tiara which says "Phyllis" on one side and "Queen Groundhog" on the other!
Here. She will model it for you...
I hope you can see how sparkly it is, and how exceptionally beautiful she looks even though I know the print is too small to read.
Wait. Maybe we can get closer up...
That's better! Is that gorgeous or what?! Phyllis refused to take it off (which is why she was wearing it with her scarf as we were leaving.) She asked me specially to tell all the kids at MCP that she slept in it last night and she is quite certain that it was responsible for her wonderful dreams in which it was already spring :) She is also fairly certain that when she sings with it on, her voice is even more beautiful... if that's possible!
As if a sparkly tiara weren't enough, the children also presented her with a bar of dark chocolate, which was their best guess as to what her favorite food would be. She wishes them to know it was simply scrumptious... and yes, she brushed her teeth after... all 30 of them :)
Here she is with her chocolate (it's pretty hard to see because it's wrapped in purple, but she's holding it on her paws)
We had a wonderful time as we always do at MCP. In case any of you happen to be in the market for a local preschool, I highly recommend it. It is run by Diane Schnoor (who also happens to look simply smashing in a tiara. She and Phyllis may be twins separated at birth... who can tell?)
And now, Phyllis and I are off to Sophie Finn Elementary School where, even though there will be lots more kids, they're going to have to work pretty hard to come up with anything as wonderful as a sparkly tiara and a bar of dark chocolate :)
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