It was a celebration. My first book signing at Nashville’s Parnassus Books was a success. No, people weren’t lined up around the block to meet me, but only three or four chairs were empty. People paid attention. Stayed to the end. I mostly kept it together.
To reward myself for walking 444 miles and getting through a big talk without collapsing, I asked MTM to take me to my favorite Nashville restaurant: City House. It’s fuss-free food and welcoming atmosphere were exactly what I needed after walking for five weeks straight. We settled in and waited for our server.
Who had this tattoo that looked like a keelboat.
But it couldn’t possibly be THAT keelboat. Because that would be, you know, REALLY WEIRD.
“So, what’s the occasion?” Paul asked as he poured some bubbly.
“Well, I just had my first book signing. At Parnassus.” I handed him a card.
“OHMYGOD!!! I WANTED TO GO TO THIS, BUT I HAD TO WORK!!! SEE MY KEELBOAT?? I LOVE MERIWETHER LEWIS. WHEN I VISITED HIS GRAVE, I CRIED. YOU DIDN’T EVEN HAVE TO GIVE ME THIS CARD TO GET ME TO BUY THIS BOOK, BECAUSE I TOTALLY WAS GOING TO BUY IT ANYWAY!!”
So, of course, Paul and I bonded. Over the journal entries of Meriwether Lewis. Over venereal disease and the Lewis & Clark Expedition. Over nickels lost and found.
While Merry sat in the shadows.
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