May 9th and May 15th are two days I will never forget. On both days I did something I never thought I would do, speak to a group of people. Okay, for Listen to Your Mother, I cheated a little bit because my reading was on videotape When I was videotaped I was asked to read my essay numerous times in order to get the reading just right. I don't read out loud well because I tend to run out of breath too quickly and sometimes feel like I am gasping for breath by the time I am finished, but I did it.
My reading was first. It was a little embarrassing seeing myself on the screen.When I heard my voice my first thought was, "My God, I should never open my mouth again. " But then I thought, "That's me. That's how I sound. Accept it and move on." The nice thing about seeing myself was that I saw how much I look like my mother.
I felt like a celebrity. Everyone was congratulating me and there were lots of photos taken. What's most important to me though is that I am now part of the history of Listen To your Mother. Something I never thought would be possible for me. The show gave me the opportunity to work with and know some very talented people. I made some great friends.
May 15th, I was a speaker at Trautwein Elementary's Disability Awareness Day. I spoke 5 different times about my life and how I became an author. The children were very interested in Bianca and are anxious for me to publish my story about Princess Penelope.. They asked great questions. Everything from wanting to see how fast my chair went ,to how do I take a shower? Some thought for my next Bianca story, she could have a superpower, like being able to fly. I'll have to think about that.
Everyone made me feel so welcomed. Thank you Ellen and Kelly. I hope to be a speaker again next year.
I have always been nervous at the thought of public speaking. I thought I wasn't good at it. I was wrong. I conquered my nerves.Now I can say, "I did it!"