In the midst of all the computer problems I have had for the past week, which included wiping my hard drive and re-installing a new operating system, which entailed losing my address book, contact list and numerous programs. I’ve gone a little crazy. Nightmare. I changed my computer desktop background to The Scream.
Then something wonderful happened. I have a niece who teaches 2nd grade at Meadowfield Elementary school in Columbia, South Carolina, and she and I have talked about doing an author visit to her school via SKYPE.
Yesterday we did it. Ms. Bartnovsky hooked up her IPad to a large screen in her classroom and pointed the camera at the students while I sat in front of my computer. I have a head set w/microphone, like I use on Bolognabrain’s Weird Wednesday, so I could hear the kids and talk to them. They were asking me questions. I was singing songs, playing guitar, talking about being creative, sharing my poetry and even included some storytelling when I performed Miller the Green Caterpillar.
I love my author visits and some schools have actually gone out on a limb and claimed mine was the best author visit ever. “Oct. 12, 2006 – Mr. Darrell House… Thank you so much for visiting and performing at St. Michael Academy. Your performance electrified the students and faculty. It was THE BEST author visit EVER!!! Everyone wants to know when you will come back again.” – Colleen Hodge, Librarian, St. Michael Academy, Amelia Island, Florida.
I’m so humble, but that is exactly how I would like to be known and recognized.
In the last 20 years, while I have been writing and performing for kids and families, I have discovered how much I love it and how fulfilling it is to get young students excited about reading, writing and being creative.
This is a Feel Good Friday I didn’t see coming, but it is one of the best I can remember.