I have a growing collection of children’s books signed by their authors. Now, I have a children’s book signed by...a politician! Al Franken is running for the U.S. Senate in Minnesota and he autographed my son’s dinosaur book.
Back when Al was promoting his book The Truth (with jokes), he stopped by our quaint little town of San Luis Obispo. Jay invited me to go with him to listen to Al talk, but I had no babysitter so my little boy went with us.
We stood in the back of the cramped bookstore listening to him speak (I was just standing, Jay was on his tip-toes, and my little boy was sitting on the table which held all of Al’s books).
We were all very excited: Jay loves his radio show, I love the fact that he’s a Dead Head, and my son loved sitting on that table. But I had to make sure my boy stayed quiet during his speech, so I ran over to the children’s section and grabbed a book that I knew would keep his attention: Dinosaurs!
Al spoke, Jay and I laughed, and my son yelled, “Look, Stegosaurus!” After lots of shhh-shing, we finally made it through Al’s speech without too much rude behavior.
Then came the book signing. I looked at my adorable son sitting on that table with all of Al’s expensive hard cover books, waving that $2.99 soft cover dinosaur book at me...you can just guess which book I purchased. (Sorry, Al.)
But I wasn’t going to leave that building without Al’s autograph. So we stood in line to get the book signed. But it was a really long line and my boy was getting tired and I was getting tired and...oh, like you wouldn’t do the same thing!
“Um, Jay? Would you mind standing in line and getting our book signed for us?”
“Sure. Where’s your book?”
My son handed it to Jay.
“This? I’m supposed to walk up to Al Franken and have him sign...this?”
Believe me, there’s no way you could’ve said no to that adorable face either. So here it is...
THIS MESSAGE WAS NOT PAID FOR BY AL FRANKEN FOR SENATE