Earlier this month a very generous invitation by the charming Sherine Elbanhawy took me and Sara to the CAC. Walking around that school on a Monday morning was very reminiscent of days long gone. Looking into classrooms and seeing the diversity of the kids playing in the yard (it is an amazingly equipped school, I use the word yard in the loosest sense), I felt like I was walking the corridors of my youth. It has been over a decade since I bid my own school adieu. The CAC in all its glory reminded me so much of it. The insane level of organisation, the amazing diversity, the multicultural staff and how active the parents are.
Sherine’s invitation elated me on several levels. For one, it was nice to feel like a kid again and spend a workday at a school. For another, it always feels nice to know that random strangers out there have read and liked my humble book. Finally and most significantly, because I loved the context in which we were meeting. Here were a bunch of young mom’s who have decided to have an active interest in the lives of their kids, be very involved in school activities and get to know each other better. I was asked to come and discuss To Each Her Own with the CAC PTO book club.
Sherine had organised it beautifully and I was honoured to meet each and every one of the parents. They had the book playlist playing in the background and treated us to a lovely brunch and some hefty discussion. I am touched at how much they could relate. We spoke about the book, about them, about the publishing experience, about Sara, about my own childhood. The conversation was heart warming and endearing. I was actually sad the two hours were over.
I wish all of them amazing lives. Also, may each of your kids continue to be the stars that they are, may the continue to pursue their dreams and achieve great things on the academic, sporting and artistic levels. My faith in the coming generations is further cemented knowing that women like these are the ones doing the raising.
CAC-PTO, once again, thank you 🙂