Have you ever had BIG news that you wanted to stand on a table and tell everyone about? Have you ever been so excited that you started to shake and/or even wanted to start to cry? This past Sunday, I found myself get so excited, get so lost, and so overwhelmed at an update on the book. This past Sunday I found myself sitting with Jim (Sarah’s brother) who is taking on the roll of helping with the layout and design of the book and working with me on printing, and other aspects of the book that I need help with. We sat at Starbucks and talked about the cost of printing. YES, PRINTING! Wow, printing is a crazy thing to talk about and to be working on. On top of that the cost of printing scares me. It is a very costly thing that makes me even wonder if we can make it happen. Makes me wonder if at the end of this, would people want this book? Still, Jim feels that people will want to be a part of what we are planning. So to let you in on a little bit of what we are planning, ALL of the money from this project will go directly to a charity that we will be teaming up with in the next few months. We want this book to make an impact in the way that Sarah has impacted all of us. It was an exciting conversation to have, to talk about how we want every cent to go toward something that will make a difference in Sarah’s name, that people will benefit from all of this work to make a difference in the world.
So after talking about the printing cost, then how we will be teaming up with a charity, Jim had one last thing to go over and to show me. You know that moment in a movie where one of the characters forgets about everything around him, where everyone in the room is out of focus and the character is in perfect focus and you can see every emotion come across his face? Well, that is how I felt in the next few moments. Jim, with calmness, said, “do you want to see what the cover will look like?” In that moment I was that character. Nothing around me mattered and I was locked in on his computer screen. And there it was. A picture of the book with a finished cover. A cover that had a real title. I just took it all in. I don’t know what my face looked like at that moment, but one of amazement. It was as if I could reach out and touch it. It was a moment that carried me for the rest of the day, the excitement and happiness of seeing something that holds so much.
Now I bet you are asking what is the title of the book. Well it’s not call “the book” or “the Date Book.” It has a deeper more poetic title and one that I will keep tucked under my hat for now, just like when I try to hide my messy hair ‘til it’s combed nicely. But know this. “The Book” has a name, it has a face and I pray that Sarah’s work will impact the world even if she is not here.
Thank you for reading.