Tuesday, October 10, 2006

When I Told My Wife -- Jay

First came the tears...

...then came the huggin'!


Years ago, I promised my wife that when I sold my first children's book she'd be the first to know. So when I spoke with my agent on my lunch break and found out about the first two offers, I had to keep my mouth shut for four entire hours…and I work with a bunch of librarians. Aaargh!

Later that day, when my wife and I got off work, she wanted to go running. I asked if she'd be willing to run at a certain park with a lake. She said okay. Just by random chance, that park was also where we got married. I asked if we could walk over to our wedding spot before she started running. She said okay. We stepped into the kissin’ spot and I told her, “Four years ago…right here…I told you I do. Today, I want to say Thank you.” She said, “Thank me? For what?” I took a deep breath. “For helping me get my book published.”

What!?” Her hands pounded my chest and she took a step back, tears already forming. I coughed a few times and nodded that it was true. Then she spent a few minutes hunched over, crying into her hands…which was great because it gave me enough time to pull the camera out of my pocket, move around to get the best lighting, and shoot.

Then we spent some time chasing each other around the gazebo, leaping benches like gazelle, and telling anyone passing by that I sold my first book. Hey, it’s never too soon to start marketing!

Days later, when everything calmed down (relatively speaking), my wife told me it was the happiest day of her life so far. The fact that she could say something like that is only one of the reasons my book will be dedicated to her.

- Jay

Coming tomorrow...When I Told Eve!

16 comments:

Lisa Yee said...

!!!!!!!!!

Anne Marie said...

Oh my goodness! That is so sweet! I have a husband who sounds like your wife and I agree that it's an incredible gift!

Anonymous said...

oh, how beautiful!


Laura, (artistQ, the clay lady)

"e" said...

Oh you romantic!!!
Great big HUGE CONGRATULATIONS!!
:)
e

tammi said...

You can leap a bench like a gazelle?!

Kelly Fineman said...

Too sweet!!

About the bench-leaping, was that a la 16 going on 17 from the Sound of Music, or more of a hurdling sort of thing?

Don Tate II said...

Ok, cut out all that romance stuff. You're making me look bad.Congratz again.

Miss P said...

That's sweet! That old saying, a picture is worth a thousand words is so true.

Debby G. said...

You guys are too cute!

Disco Mermaids said...

I guess I was too caught up in the moment to even think about that scene from The Sound of Music. But since that's one of my wife's favorite films, and since she led the bench leaping, I'm sure it was on her mind.

My kind of movie is more like The Goonies...so I celebrated by doing the Truffle Shuffle! Anyone remember that?

- Jay

Kim said...

What a sweet story (and a sweet wife)!

Janet G said...

Wow. I love her too.

Janet

Jessica said...

This is so sweet! Congrats again to the nth.

Miss P said...

Yay, I remember The Goonies! Bad 80's movies rock. LOL

Okay, it wasn't bad, but ya know.

saraclaradara said...

OMG. I'm all ferklempt from reading this and seeing the pics.

Absolutely gorgeously wonderful.

Now if it had been me, I'd have tripped over the gazebo bench and broken my nose. Or my foot.

Sarah Beth Durst said...

So sweet! And you really have will-power. When I got THE CALL, I barely managed to hang up the phone before calling my husband and squealing in his ear! Congrats again, Jay. If you'd like to chat about any and all matters writer-ly or Razorbillian, just drop me an email.

Sarah (your Razorbill-sister)