March 8, 2020

I know where I was and who I was with a year and three days ago. My friend and I attended the book signing of Stamped! She drove over to my house and I drove us both downtown (AKA Washington, D.C.). I knew of a Chinese restaurant blocks from the event so we arrived early to grab dinner beforehand. The Parking Gods smiled on us and we scored a parallel parking space right in front of the church hosting this event. After our yummy meal, we walked back to the church and took our seat. Arleady the first half-dozen seats were filled and we sat on the rightside, closest tot he aisle. Soon the whole church was filled and the authors were introduced: Dr. Ibram Kendi and Jason Reynolds!!!

After about an hour of inspiring discussion, event attendees in an orderly fashion stood. Starting with the first pew, a tight single-file line was formed and we played follow-the-leader into a side vestibule. There, at a table sat the two authors and they took turned adding their signature to the book they co-authored. Finally, it was my turn. First Dr. Kendi and then Jason. My friend and I walked out into the dark evening, each with a new book in hand and drove home safely.

Five days later, school buildings were shuttered in our district due to Covid.

Where were you before?

18 thoughts on “March 8, 2020

  1. Ms Victor Reads says:

    Of course, I keep thinking of this also, as March 13 was our last day of school before… I really need to go back to my notebooks to see what exactly I was doing in those days right before everything changed. Nice that you have this positive memory to hold on to that time. I am eagerly awaiting the even younger version of that amazing book!


  2. aggiekesler says:

    What a cool experience! I loved Stamped…and meeting authors always make me fan-girl. Where was I before? Well, I was spending my Sunday afternoon at my favorite Indian restaurant in Jakarta, where I always had a delicious meal, planned for the week, and did a bit of reading. Two days later, we were online.


  3. Stephanie Affinito says:

    It’s amazing how we remember exactly what was happening when our world shut down. Our schools closed on Friday, March 13th (how fitting!) and I was in a school facilitating a teacher learning session on writing. That was the last day I was in a school (at least in person) and I can’t believe how much time has passed since then.


    • sallydonnelly11 says:

      We also closed on March 13th and it is a date I will now always remember – Friday the 13th, March 2020.It does seem surreal at how much time , 365 days of staying home to stay safe….So happy to hear you were WRITING with teachers on that day! And you are still WRITING!! That’s a hoeful thought!! We still find a way to do what we love!

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  4. Anita Ferreri says:

    Oh yes, I too am thinking of what I did every day leading up to C day…It is hard to believe how unaware I was that things were about to change so dramatically for so many…sigh…I guess I am glad I/we did not know…..


  5. margaretsmn says:

    So many one year ago memories are popping up today. What a wonderful event to attend and hold on to for this year, Jason Reynolds… I’m glad you had this experience.

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  6. Fran McCrackin says:

    March 14 is that kind of date- that we remember where we were around it. Of course you were at a high quality, inspiring, literary event 🙂 This is a good invitation, to reflect on what we were doing when we could be together in crowds. I hope others try it out. I might, if I can remember- I just remember Saturday 3/15, which I think I might write about on that date.

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  7. amyjuengst says:

    You were so lucky to fit in one last author talks…two greats at that. (I’m jealous. It feels like years since I’ve attended a live event in person.) I can’t wait to get back to these kinds of memory making!

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