Where to Begin?

October 25, 2010 @ 8:16 pm | Filed under:

Do I blog backward or forward? Kidlitcon first, or Mankato and Maud? We’ll see what tomorrow brings. Tonight: I’m home, I’m tuckered, I’m beaming. I saw Betsy’s house. Tacy’s house. Tib’s house. Carney’s house! The sleeping porch! Winona’s house, with the stone wall she sat upon. Emily’s slough. Mrs. Ray’s brass bowl. The bench at the top of Hill Street. The Big Hill. Little Syria. The Carnegie Library. Maud’s grave. Cab’s too—the real Cab, Jab Lloyd. It was an extraordinary day because I was in the company of the extraordinary Kathy Baxter, who knows, well, everything about Maud Hart Lovelace and the Betsy-Tacy books, and my dear pal Margaret, who took me home and treated me like a queen. And that was just the Mankato day! Kidlitcon was marvelous. I could write about it for a week. I may have to. But not tonight.

Tonight, I’m home.

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  1. Sara says:

    Blog about Betsy-Tacy, please! That’s sounds like a fantastic trip—and Margaret, too!

  2. Heather Frederick says:

    Melissa! I was just in Mankato seeing all the Betsy-Tacy sights/sites, too — wasn’t it just swoon-worthy? So glad to hear you had a wonderful time. By the way, I loved your fabulous foreword to the new edition of “Carney’s House Party.”

  3. Melissa Wiley says:

    Heather, swoonworthy indeed! I heard all about your trip from Kathy Baxter. Isn’t she amazing? What a gracious guide! What a treasure!

    Too bad we weren’t there at the same time. I hope our paths will cross at some point. Will you be at ALA Midwinter?