Laura Takes Flight (The Best Version)

As some of you already know the Festival of Trees, big award ceremony for the Silver Birch, is held every year at the Harbourfront Centre in Toronto. Last week I ventured into the big scary city for the event. Needless to say, Toronto is a bit bigger than East Dalhousie which has a population of a few hundred.

The day was busy and the ceremony lots of fun. While there were different categories: Sliver Birch Express, Silver Birch non-fiction, etc, I’ll just mention that the winner in my category was Alex Lyttle for his book From Ant to Eagle—a big congratulations to him.

Of course for the rest of us getting the nomination really did make us all winners. Yay! It really was an honour and a privilege to be nominated.

Here we all are up on stage. It was a little chilly with the cool breeze at the water front but we were warned ahead of time to be prepared for the weather. It was fun to meet some of the other authors nominated in my category. I’ve already read many of the books.

But  hold on a moment: there’s a version to the festival, the “Best” version that I wanted to share with you, the unedited verion. So while I was of doing my author thing for the week I shared a few highlights with the son who came up with his version of what REALLY happened at the ceremony. Now this he posted in our family chat on FB so no one else got to see it.

So what you should know is that I took a little tumble in the underground parking after the ceremony was all over. I blame the new glasses as they’ve made me feel a bit off all week. Not to worry though, I skinned my knee a bit but other than that I was ok.
However, when I signed into Facebook a few days later I was met with the Son’s version of events as he related them to his sisters.

Mom didn’t win the award and to top it off she walked out on stage, fell and skinned her knee. Knew there would have to be a racket!

Omg. Did she really? It’s those new glasses!

That’s what she said, the new glasses. Rolled around on stage, knocked over the microphone, pulled a tablecloth on her way down and ripped all the books off the table. Can’t wait to get all the juicy details

Stormed off in a rage, I suppose.

Now I don’t know what to believe! lol Did she really fall?!

Oh yeah, skun her knee up like a little kid on a playground

Okay, so there you have it, the BEST version of my adventures in Toronto at the Festival of Trees. Needless to say I got quite a chuckle out of it as my writer’s mind pictured the Son’s version while reading it. But of course the celebration wasn’t that eventful. Thank goodness. Leave it to the son to spice up the events for his sisters and his dear old mom!

I wanted to make this post short as it was a long week, we got home late, and I’m plenty tired at the moment. But just wanted to sign in to let you know I made it to Toronto and back. Now it’s time to go back to the real world and off to work tomorrow.

I hope you had a great week!

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  1. Funny! I had to post that picture (off the Children’s Book Centre site) since you were being so quiet on FB about your adventure – looking forward to hearing various versions of what actually happened:)

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  2. Linda Pineo

     /  May 20, 2018

    Glad to hear you really didn’t get hurt. Only a son could make an innocent little accident sound so catastrophic, and I know, because I also have sons. Congratulations on your nomination.


  3. Phyllis Crowe

     /  May 20, 2018

    I guess if you are ever short on storylines you could just give Son a word or two & then build on what he comes up with. Congratulations on surviving your trip (… did Hubby???) and really…. congratulations on the nomination!! Well done.


  4. Judi

     /  May 21, 2018

    We, in Dalhousie, are very proud of you even if you didn’t get the award. Just to think of you in Toronto, is scary. So I am glad you are back safe and sound, and look forward to hearing all about it. xoxo


    • Thanks, Judi. Darlene was a real life-saver. It was fun to have this experience with her.We had a lot of catching up to do as it had been like nine years since we’d seen one another.


  5. LOL. Looks like your son has a great sense of humour like you do. Being nominated means you are a winner along with everyone else. Nice to get out to the big city once in awhile but also nice to be back home!


    • Being the least travelled person in the world, it was my first time flying, first time out of the maritimes. So it was quite an experience. I’m so glad for the nomination and so glad for this experience.


  6. That’s awesome, Laura. You are braver than I am. I’d have faked sickness, so I wouldn’t have had to go to Toronto and be on stage. Children add the best details to parents’ mishaps. We could probably write a book about them.


    • Sometimes you have to go where life sends you. I firmly believe that. It was actually my second opportunity to go to Toronto that year and I thought the Universe wanted me there for some reason! It also helped that Hubby went with, also a friend who lived in the Cambridge area who drove us into Toronto. She was a life saver for sure.



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