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The 12 Gifts of Signing Books

(SUNG TO "THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS")

Bold phrases are sung to ("5... Golden... Rings...)


1 On the day I got the email

the owner said to me:

"Could you come 11 to 3?"



2 Gathering up my items

my husband said to me:

"Here's a hot cup of chamomile tea."



3 On the day of my visit

I am filled with glee!

Can’t wait to do this!

Meeting with the children,

Author’s what I wanted to be.


4 Lugging my book bag

The owner said to me:

"I'm here to help you.

So glad you came.

Here is your spot.

Is there anything else you might need?"



5 As I set up my table

a vendor said to me:

"How I love cats!

So glad you're here.

This is fun,

I'm over there."

As sweet as a person could be.


6 In the first hour of signing,

a small boy said to me,

"My name is Emmett

I love your cats!

I like writing too

Who wrote this?

Guess how old I am?

My baby brother is three."



7 In the next hour of signing

12 voices sung to me:

All the favorite carols

I was getting misty

"Are those your cats?

I have two cats too

one's 'Meow-Meow'

then there's 'Lilly belle.'"

Then I smiled and gladly signed three.


My precious cats: Angel and Camille, How I miss them!


8 While waiting at my table

a vendor said to me:

"My cats have helped me...

deal with my cancer..."

My heart was touched...

Gifted her a book

signed, "To Jean"

Both our hearts were full

Then I cried into my chamomile tea.


Jean, If you see this... I will never forget you.

Your courage, strength and joy despite it all, reminded me of what is really important.


9 Sneaking up the stairway,

my grandie peeked at me:

"Grammie, it is Miller.

We came to see you.

Look at my t-shirt.

I'm feeling hungry.

I miss your cats!

Are you selling books?

Let's go home.

What is in your cup?"

Just my frosty, cold chamomile tea. ;)


Me with three of my grandaughters: Hadleigh, MIller and Quinn


10 On the tenth of the hour

A sweet teen said to me

"Can I have a Kit-Kat?

I really like them

Kitties are amazing

Mine's Russian blue,

But she passed away.

Goodbye is hard!

I want a cat

fingers crossed

Hope they let me soon

Her name will be Elsa McPhee."


A beautiful Russian Blue.

11 In the last few minutes

a grandma asked of me:

"Do you do school visits?

His class would like one

Maybe after Christmas?"

Feeling very grateful

Hugs are the best

When a friend stops by

I miss my cats

They are touching hearts

and teaching

families to adopt

and it makes me so very happy.


If you're a cat person... you know.


12 On the way home from signing

my head is spinning round:

12 Men were singing

11 Children laughing

10 Books a-signing

9 Ladies chatting

8 Men a-waiting

7 Pets adopted

6 Stories sharing

5 grateful moments

4 crying toddlers

3 granddaughters

2 new friends


Finally time for some chamomile tea. :)



Thank you to everyone who stopped by yesterday at Hopkinton Card & Gift.

Special thanks to Julia- for the invite. You have such a beautiful store!

To Julie- for your friendship and ever present smile.

To Jean-who was such a blessing and inspiration.

To my family and grandkids for their never-ending support. When you surprise me at these events it makes my day.

and lastly to Emmett- Keep on writing! Can't wait to buy your book one day and have it signed :)

See you at the next event!

Purchase signed book for the Holidays on my website.

Local pick-up available.


How I miss my writing buddy, Camille

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