What does a person say when her dream has been realized?
I have no idea.
I'm not big into crying, but I admit I've cried quite a bit in the last 22 hours since I heard.
Random A.S. King Fact: I always tear up a bit during the Candice Bergen "Put Another Log on the Fire" skit on the Muppet Show and that's what I was watching when I got the call.
My poor daughters are so sick of me saying, "Girls, there are still a lot of men out there who think like that. You need to remember this when you get older and start dating boys, okay?" Seriously. I say that every single time we watch that episode. The eye rolling on their part is getting more and more animated. That said, they both cheer when Candice shoots the door open and bares her awesome t-shirt. I will never be able to explain to them what the world was like in 1976, when that was filmed, but every time they ask, "Why does she shoot the door?"
Anyway, I had just said that line to my daughters when the phone rang and I picked it up and someone introduced herself as part of the Michael L. Printz committee. Which, if you consider the content of Please Ignore Vera Dietz, is ironic timing.
Vera knew right from wrong. So does the character in the Candice Bergen skit.
Consider this blog the sort of babbling one does upon getting news like this. I just don't know what to say, really.
So I'll end here: A huge thank you to everyone who has ever supported me and to my good friends who understand that I am, like Vera Dietz, the kind of person who points to the elephant in the room and says, "Hey! look at that big honkin' elephant!"
And a HUGE congratulations to all winners today--and a special shout out to Blythe Woolston, author of The Freak Observer who won the Morris Award! Woot!